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Iraq Crisis Appeal

Please help vulnerable Iraqi families

Continual waves of armed conflict within Iraq have affected more than 10 million civilians. A large portion of these people are children. They urgently need our assistance.

Of this huge number, 3.4 million people have been displaced by conflict in Iraq, over a quarter of a million are refugees from the conflict in Syria and 3 million of those in need are located in areas impossible to reach because of intense fighting.

We have been responding to the needs of displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees by providing food, clothes, hygiene kits and health services. So far we have reached 225,000 people, but there are many more people in need. Please help us to scale up our response.

Your donations are providing:
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Advocacy

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Blankets

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Cash and vouchers

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Clothing

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Food

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Fuel

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Hygiene kits

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Tools for work

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Medical assistance

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Psychological and social support


How we work in an emergency

We're based in countries affected by disasters so we can be there before, during and after an emergency to save lives and support people long term. Through our work with local organisations in these countries, we can talk directly to the people affected to provide the most useful emergency response.  

Find out more about our approach

Families we have reached so far
Millions of families have fled the ongoing violence in Iraq. Read some of their stories below and find out how your donations are making a real difference.
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Sara Haqi Ismail

Sara Haqi Ismail fled the Diyala province, northern Iraq, with her two children in December 2014. 

She told us: 'Since I arrived here the host community have looked after me, I feel safer here, I am not scared that my children will get killed. I am getting food, but my future is a mystery.  I don’t know what is waiting for me.' 

With your donations, our partner REACH is providing desperately needed food, blankets, shelter, and hygiene kits to thousands of vulnerable families like Sara's living outside of camps in northern Iraq.

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Laman Habash

Laman and her children fled to northern Iraq to escape bombings in their home town of Aleppo, Syria, three years ago. Dwindling savings and lack of job opportunities forced them to downgrade from a decent apartment to a windowless basement garage.

To help them build confidence and find a way to enjoy life, our partner REACH has provided networking programmes for women and children, such as sewing lessons for Laman and singing workshops for her children – a real lifeline for the family.

Her daughter Navene enjoyed the singing groups. She told us: ‘I made friends with everyone there. I love all of them!’  

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Khatwn Mizra

Khatwn Mizra, her son and daughter, were some of the thousands of Yazidis trapped on mount Sinjar in the summer of 2014. On the summit there was no shade, no water and no food. Her husband went looking for water and never returned. 

Our partner REACH is providing families like Khatwn's with desperately needed food, blankets, shelter, and hygiene kits.

She now lives in a community of displaced Yazidis renting disused buildings in Sulaymaniyah in northern Iraq.

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