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Iraq Crisis Appeal

January 2015

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

Since the start of 2014, there has been widespread conflict and displacement in Iraq.

This has escalated in recent months as a result of the advance of the armed group calling itself Islamic State (IS, formerly known as ISIS).

More than 1.45 million people have had to flee their homes in the last year due to fighting, insecurity and attacks on civilians, including minority groups.

There are reports of atrocities including mass killings, summary executions, rape, kidnapping and other forms of violence against civilians.

Please give what you can to our crisis appeal >

Seeking refuge

Often terrified by the atrocities they witnessed and scared of what might happen if they stayed, many families fled to the mountains in the Sinjar region.

Others took refuge in increasingly crowded churches, mosques and disused buildings, without water or even the most basic amenities.

With the arrival of winter, many people are now exposed to the elements with little money to afford fuel for heating or blankets to sleep under.

Thousands of people are living in 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 next to nothing.

They have left behind their homes and their livelihoods and now struggle to provide for their families' most basic needs.

The winter is severe in northern Iraq, with rain, snow and bitter winds. IDPs require food, blankets, heating and cooking fuel if they are to get through this.

Our local partners are doing all they can to support people's basic needs to survive this winter.


Our long-term partners in Iraq have already been responding to the ongoing displacement of communities, providing vital humanitarian relief in recent months.

Our partner REACH is distributing food and non-food items, including hygiene materials, to families who have arrived in the Kurdish region of Iraq. 

REACH is scaling up its efforts to respond to the desperate and growing crisis that is sweeping across parts of the country.

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.

Find out more

We have been working in Iraq for more than 20 years - find out about our projects in Iraq.



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