International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Iraqis in Crisis

A young Iraqi refugee in Jordan: Many Iraqis live in a state of limbo — unable t
Photo: Jessica Malter/IRC

More than a decade after the invasion, there are more than 1 million Iraqis who have little hope of returning to their homes due to ongoing violence. Tens of thousands of others are in danger because they worked for the U.S. military.  The International Rescue Committee is providing vital aid and calling the world's attention to their plight.

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How We Help

  • The IRC has provided humanitarian aid in Iraq on and off since 2003 and today assists tens of thousands of people in 12 provinces.
  • IRC teams in Iraq currently rebuild and expand schools, train teachers, teach marketable skills to youth, offer targeted health, legal and psychosocial services to women, provide a range of legal assistance to returnees and displaced persons, improve water and sanitation facilities, and track forced returns at borders.
  • The IRC launched programs for Iraqi refugees in Jordan in 2007 with informal education projects and mental health support. Today the program focuses on cash assistance for vulnerable refugees and helping local organizations prevent and respond to violence against women.
  • The IRC helps resettle Iraqi refugees and others given sanctuary in the United States. We support newly arrived refugees by providing immediate aid, including food and shelter.
July 17, 2014 | Blog
The humanitarian crisis continues in Iraq, where an estimated 650,000 people fled escalating violence in June. More than one million people have been uprooted since the beginning of this year, adding to the 1 million Iraqis still displaced by the outbreak of violence in 2006.

Forgotten Casualties

In a series of reports issued between 2008 and 2011 the IRC has reported on the status of Iraq's refugee population. Many Iraqis who have left their homes and communities remain mired in poverty, and continue to face an uncertain future.

2011Iraq Eight Years Later:
A Legacy of Shattered Lives
 blog post|      full report
 
2010A Tough Road Home:
Uprooted Iraqis in Jordan, Syria and Iraq
 press release|      full report
 
2009Iraqi Refugees in the United States:
In Dire Straits
 press release|      full report
 
2008Five Years Later, a Hidden Crisis
 press release|      full report