International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC in Iraq

Iraqi girl who fled violence found shelter with her family in a soccer stadium
Photo: Rachel Unkovic/IRC

More than 2 million people inside Iraq have been uprooted by violent conflict. The IRC is providing clean water, medicine, protection services, relief supplies and emergency financial assistance to the displaced as well as vulnerable locals. In addition, the IRC provides emergency support to thousands of Syrian refugees in northern Iraq, and — since 2003 — those who have fled previous waves of violence in central Iraq.

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How We Help

 Emergency response in Iraq

  • The IRC is focusing its assistance on water, sanitation and hygiene for Iraqis who have fled to the Kurdistan region and across the Syrian border to escape recent waves of violence. 
  • We have provided thousands of uprooted Iraqis with emergency kits containing plastic sheeting, cotton blankets, soap, undergarments and solar-powered lights with ports to charge cell phones.

The IRC's other work in Iraq  

  • The IRC works in camps for Syrian refugees where we provide services for women, education for children, legal assistance, and access to clean water and sanitation.  We also mobilize refugees and empower them to ensure their needs are met and their human rights are respected.
  • The IRC rebuilds schools damaged by war, and trains teachers, reaching close to 50,000 students at 216 Iraqi schools.
  • We provide free legal assistance to thousands of Iraqi returnees and displaced persons, as well as to the growing Syrian refugee population.
  • 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.
August 29, 2014 | Blog
The number of refugees from Syria hit the 3 million mark today, according to data released by the United Nations refugee agency. The IRC's president David Miliband says, "the three million refugees from the Syria conflict represent three million indictments of government brutality, opposition violence and international failure."

 Aid worker updates from Iraq

Get the latest updates and photos from IRC aid workers and others responding to and reporting on the crisis in Iraq [Crisis in Iraq on Storify].