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: Reclaiming a place for Iraqi youth February 28, 2011
For many years, there was a very bad place in the middle of Kalar, Iraq. It had no name, but all kinds of malice and misfortune spread from it, spilling into the surrounding neighborhoods.
Iraq: Literacy builds confidence for women in southern Iraq February 24, 2011
Iraq: Protests, violence and the new speed of news February 17, 2011
A few hours ago, I saw troubling signs come up on my Facebook page. One friend I made last month when I was visiting Iraq posted photos from a day of protests and violence in Sulaymaniyah, the city where I stayed.
Iraq, Libya: Recognizing the power and potential of youth February 14, 2011
The last few weeks of resolve, resistance and peaceful revolution in Egypt have reminded the world of the power of people — and especially youth. Mercy Corps has long recognized the potential of young people to be catalysts for positive change, especially in the Middle East.
Iraq: Postlogue: The challenges and sweet reward of tea February 9, 2011
I’ve been back from my field trip to Iraq for a few days now, and have been drinking a lot more black tea than usual. Not only that, but I’m drinking it with much more sugar than I ever have. I’m thinking of it as withdrawal from the super-sweet tea that I had while in the Middle East.
Iraq: Epilogue: What is peace? February 4, 2011
Sometimes, along the way, the story changes. That’s what happened to me over the course of two weeks in northern Iraq.
Iraq: A soft spot in a tough place February 3, 2011
Kirkuk, Iraq is a hard place — but, in the middle of it all, there’s a soft spot for children.
Iraq: VIDEO: "Sadness has become my food and my clothes" February 1, 2011
Over the course of the week and a half I've been in northern Iraq so far, I've seen — and heard — a lot about Kurdish culture. It's extremely hospitable, thoughtful and fiercely passionate.
Iraq: VIDEO: A song, laughter and clapping January 31, 2011
A school isn't only a place of learning for a child, it's a place of security. It's a place to be among trusted friends and caring adults.
Iraq: Peaceful still life January 30, 2011
A lifetime of conflict, displacement and uncertainty could make for some pretty dark art. A painter growing up during some of Iraq’s most violent years might find themselves replaying dismal and disturbing scenes with brushstrokes across canvas.