The IRC in Iraq
More than 1.5 million Iraqis — close to 5% of the population — who fled or were forced from their homes following the U.S.-led invasion in 2003 are still displaced. The International Rescue Committee continues to support their safe return and to ensure that they are protected wherever they may be. Uprooted women and children are especially vulnerable and are at the forefront of our efforts. We are also providing emergency assistance to Syrian refugees who have fled to camps in northen Iraq.
How We Help
- The IRC rebuilds schools damaged by war, and trains teachers, reaching close to fifty-thousand students at 130 Iraqi schools.
- We provide free legal assistance to thousands of returnees and displaced persons.
- We help displaced community leaders develop their skills in identifying and addressing essential community needs.
- We promote healthy families and women’s well-being by providing health, legal and psychosocial services.
- We help displaced young people find work and become self-sufficient through savings and credit associations and job training.
- The IRC ensures that displaced school children have access to clean water and proper hygiene facilities.
- At the Domiz camp in northern Iraq, the IRC provides camp management, and a safe space for women. We’re also building a secondary school so refugee children can have an education. At Al Qaim camp, near the border with Syria, the IRC is providing free legal assistance, mobilizing community groups, and helping survivors of sexual violence.
- In northern Iraq, the IRC is providing essential assistance to a new influx of refugees fleeing the Syrian conflict. We give special priority to the most vulnerable, including mothers with young children.