Support the needs of internally-displaced Iraqis and Syrians who have sought refuge in more stable regions of the country. 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. Hundreds of thousands have fled the most violent areas and are seeking safety elsewhere. The ongoing conflict in neighboring Syria continues to drive Syrian refugees across the border into camps and urban settlements.
The country's precarious development is stressed by the needs of these new residents. Basic services have been disrupted, water is in short supply, and large communities of internally displaced families already lack water, shelter and proper hygiene facilities.
- Emergency response: Distributing emergency aid packages to recently-displaced communities, and providing continuing assistance 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 providing capacity-building training and empowering local leaders to resolve disputes and reform policies
- Economic opportunity: Partnering with Startup Weekend to grow a vibrant startup ecosystem and promote entrepreneurship in the information technology sector
All stories about Iraq
Iraq: My meeting with Vice President Biden July 6, 2009
I met with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden last Friday in a small roundtable discussion to discuss reconciliation in Iraq. Three non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were represented — Relief International, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and Mercy Corps.
Iraq: Getting to "yes" in Iraq July 1, 2009
Iraqis are celebrating on the streets as the U.S. withdraws its troops from the major urban areas of Iraq, but the fresh violence in Kirkuk serves as a sober reminder of the country's still fragile security condition.
Iraq: Ned Lamont calls out Mercy Corps' work on The Huffington Post June 30, 2009
Today Ned Lamont — businessman, former Democratic Senate candidate in Connecticut and Mercy Corps board member — called out Mercy Corps' work with Iraqi refugees in an insightful piece on Huffington
Iraq: From Kansas to Cairo June 5, 2009
Listening to President Obama's speech in Cairo yesterday, I was struck by how many themes resonated with what Mercy Corps is doing in the Middle East.
Iraq: Kirkuk Women Are Building Peace March 13, 2009
Mercy Corps is training women in Kirkuk, Iraq to become leaders and work cooperatively against violence and hatred.
Iraq: Resolving Conflict Peacefully March 4, 2009
When violence tears a country apart, communication and compromise are often the first casualties. Mercy Corps believes that engaging adversaries in productive dialogue can lead to peaceful, lasting change for war-torn communities.
Iraq, Jordan: Food packages help Iraqi refugees January 5, 2009
Iraq: Laying the Groundwork for Peace in Iraq September 25, 2008
Last Sunday marked the eighth annual International Day of Peace. Here in Khanaqin, Iraq, we celebrated by holding a soccer match between two groups of people who don't always play for the same team.
Iraq: Campaigning for Iraq's Disabled June 6, 2008
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Iraq: Mercy Corps Calls for Greater Response to Dire Humanitarian Situation in Iraq April 9, 2008