The UN estimates that 100 people die every day in Iraq, with thousands more forced from their homes. Unrelenting violence, power cuts, water shortages and rising fuel prices make life unbearable for ordinary Iraqis on a day-to-day basis.
Due to the current conflict in Iraq, Islamic Relief been working tirelessly with other humanitarian agencies -including Unicef and the UN’s World Food Programme – to provide assistance to people across a wide area in Anbar, Ninewa, Saleheddin and around Erbil.
With 1.6 million people displaced within Iraq, finding shelter in abandoned buildings or building makeshift shelters, the situation is extremely dire. Damaged, neglected water and sanitation systems allow diseases like typhoid, cholera and dysentery to spread – diseases which were eradicated in the developed world decades ago – which can be fatal, especially for children. Hospitals struggle to cope, with critical medicines and supplies barely available.
We began work in Iraq in 1997, supplying medical equipment to hospitals to help them tackle leukaemia and other illnesses. We also distributed Qurbani and Ramadan food distributions, benefiting thousands of Iraqi families, and provided for several orphans through one-to-one sponsorship, including health, educational and psychological support.
In 2003, we opened our permanent office in Baghdad, as one of the very few aid agencies who remained and supported the people of Iraq throughout the conflict. As well as immediate assistance, like emergency food distributions and health equipment, we also rehabilitated several schools and health centres.
Today, we are planning to further rehabilitate and reconstruct a damaged Iraq, establishing a tuberculosis treatment centre and providing sustainable water supplies, as well as continuing our work on schools and health centres. We also support thousands of displaced people, including refugees of the Syrian and Palestinian conflicts, who have fled their dangerous home countries to seek safety in Iraq.
- Qurbani meat distribution
- Ramadan food package distribution
- Orphan one-to-one sponsorship
- Winterization for Syrian refugees in northern Iraq
- Provided stoves, blankets, children clothes, pillows and mattresses to 1,748 Syrian refugees families in Erbil/Duhok to withstand harsh winters in KRI