Support the needs of Syrians who have sought refuge in the Kurdish Autonomous region of northern Iraq. Strengthen civil society and local government capacity, and provide the building blocks for a safe and thriving democracy, including education, basic services and human rights.
The road to a new Iraq is fraught with challenges and citizens struggle to survive against a backdrop of political dysfunction, infighting and potential civil war. Now, the conflict in neighboring Syria is driving Syrian refugees across the border into camps and urban settlements in the north.
The country's precarious development is stressed by the needs of these new residents. Electricity is an ongoing problem, water is in short supply, and large communities of internally displaced families already lack water, shelter and proper hygiene facilities.
- Emergency response: Distributing mattresses, heating supplies and shelter materials to Syrian refugees.
- Children & Youth: Creating safe spaces for Syrian children to learn and play in Arbat refugee camp.
- Conflict & Governance: Encouraging reconciliation and good governance by empowering local leaders to resolve disputes and reform policies.
- Economic opportunity: Partnering with local groups to finance 1,577 community projects spearheaded by citizens.
- Women & Gender: Equipping more than 26,000 women and girls with basic literacy and numeracy skills as well as information about democracy and women’s rights
All stories about Iraq
Iraq: Emergency supplies help displaced families July 15, 2014
This past week, our team in Iraq distributed 4,000 hygiene kits to vulnerable displaced families. Read their stories.
Iraq: Worsening humanitarian conditions drive Mercy Corps response July 3, 2014
Continued fighting in Iraq is driving more people from their homes. We are ramping up an emergency response to keep displaced families healthy in deteriorating conditions.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Quick facts: What you need to know about the Syria crisis June 19, 2014
Three years in, Syria's civil war has fueled a massive exodus. See the staggering statistics and learn the facts behind the figures.
Iraq: Assessing urgent needs as 500,000 Iraqis flee violence June 12, 2014
Our team in Iraq is working to coordinate emergency services for families displaced by escalating conflict.
Iraq: How do citizens build better government? April 28, 2014
Our new research report shows how empowering civil society in Iraq is helping citizens lay the groundwork for a democratic and peaceful future.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Syria: Three years in crisis March 12, 2014
A look inside the worst humanitarian disaster of our time and what we must do to help families trapped by war.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: The human toll of the Syria crisis must be addressed long term January 14, 2014
As civil war enters its fourth year, we're helping refugees and host countries cope with prolonged displacement — and urge international leaders to do the same.
Iraq, Syria: Expanding support for Syrian refugees in Iraq November 25, 2013
The number of Syrians fleeing to Iraq tripled in the last year. We've mobilized to help refugees prepare for winter and find work to support their families.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Syria: An ongoing crisis January 14, 2013
Refugee numbers are predicted to double as Syria's violent conflict drags on. We're on the ground in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq helping meet their most urgent needs for water, warmth and safety.
Iraq: From protest to power October 17, 2012
Our program saved lives this past August. It was one of the most encouraging things I’ve seen in Iraq in the last 10 years.