International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Iraq crisis: the IRC in Iraq

Two Iraqi children who fled Islamic State militants
Photo: Rachel Unkovic/IRC

More than 3 million people inside Iraq have been uprooted by violent conflict since 2014. The International Rescue Committee is providing clean water, medicine, relief supplies, protection services 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 as well as those who have fled previous waves of violence in central Iraq.

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How We Help

  • The IRC was one of the first aid agencies to support Syrian refugees in Iraq. We manage the Arbat refugee camp sheltering more than 6,000 Syrian refugees, providing services for women, education for children, and access to clean water and sanitation.
  • The IRC is also working to meet the immediate needs of Iraqi families who fled to the Kurdish region of Iraq and Central Iraq. We work to safeguard the human rights and well-being of those affected by years of war and sectarian strife. We provide free legal assistance and information and counseling on rights and entitlements.
  • We ensure that displaced Iraqi and Syrian children stay in school by coordinating extra classes in the overwhelmed local system. IRC-trained teachers and parent groups gain vital skills to help children traumatized by violence.
  • We support public health centers with critical drugs and plan to help recruit additional doctors and nurses to manage the influx of new patients.
  • We provide cash assistance to displaced families throughout the central region and offer skills and business training to Syrian and Iraqi youth.

 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].