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Iraq Crisis Appeal

November 2014

There is no end in sight to Iraq’s devastating humanitarian crisis.

So far, an estimated 1.8 million Iraqis have been forced to leave their homes. Many have been in fear for their lives from Islamic State (IS) militants.

For months now attacks by IS, and the fear of their advance, have led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis.

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Terrified by the atrocities they have witnessed and scared of what may happen if they stay, many families fled to the mountains, others took refuge in increasingly crowded churches, mosques and disused buildings, without water or even the most basic amenities.

As the bitter winter approaches, many people are exposed to the elements with little money to afford fuel for heating or blankets to sleep under.

Hundreds of thousands of people are now living in these kinds of terrible conditions in informal refugee camps across northern Iraq, in disused buildings and even on the roadside. Most want nothing more than to return home, but are fearful for their future.

Two severe crises

Iraq is now struggling to deal with two severe crises of displaced people from Syria and Iraq.

Most internally displaced people (IDPs) - of all ethnicities and religions - fled their homes in Iraq with little more than the clothes on their backs. They have left behind their homes and their livelihoods and now struggle to provide the most basic needs for their families.

Many families are crowded in unfinished buildings, including building sites without doors or windows; others are forced to sleep outdoors in public parks.

The winter is severe in northern Iraq, with rain, snow and bitter winds. IDPs require food, blankets, heating and cooking fuel to try and help them through this.

Our local partners are doing all they can to ensure they provide relief to support the basic needs to survive this winter.


Our partners are distributing aid to families in the Sulaymaniyah governorate.

However, as the number of these families rises, we urgently need funds to reach the increasing number of people in need.

We need to reach thousands more women, men and children living in appalling conditions with food and other essentials – but we need your help.

Ann Ward, working for us in Iraq, has had people asking her: ‘What can I do? I’ve lost everything – my job, my home, all my possessions.’

Please donate what you can

We urgently need your help now.

Please give what you can to support our crisis appeal and our crucial work in Iraq:

  • £21 could buy food including rice, beans and lentils.
  • £129 could provide hygiene kits for three families.
  • £300 could pay for blankets, mattresses, pillows and cooking sets for five families.

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