Protracted conflict in Iraq has forced some 2.68 million people to flee their homes. For most, their greatest wish is for safety, and to return home.

From our offices in Baghdad and Erbil, we have been responding since the onset of the crisis, which has left a staggering 5.2 million people in need of aid. During an Islamic Relief food distribution in a suburb of Erbil, we met Christian families displaced from Mosul province.

“We used to live a peaceful and happy life, thank God” said one woman, who escaped Quraqosh with her husband, her son and his wife.

“[In] our current living arrangements we live with six other families in one house. I don’t want anything other than to return to my house. I pray that day will come.”

Last year alone, Islamic Relief Iraq helped over 357,000 vulnerable people, working with partners including UN agencies such as the WFP, UNHCR, and UNICEF. But with no end to the crisis yet in sight, increasing humanitarian needs in the country are straining already overstretched resources.

With your support, we can get more aid to those suffering in Iraq. Please donate to our Iraq Emergency Appeal today.