Mercy Corps has been working in Iraq since 2003. The road to a new Iraq is fraught with challenges and citizens struggle to survive against a backdrop of political dysfunction, infighting, extremism and potential of 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 displaced people and refugees. Basic services have been disrupted, and water is in short supply. Large communities of internally-displaced families already lack water, shelter and proper hygiene facilities, and many are struggling to build peaceful relationships and make lives in their new communities.
More than 200,000 Mosul residents have been displaced since fighting in the city began — 50,000 of them are newly displaced after recent armed attacks in February 2017. Mercy Corps is responding to the urgent needs of more than 80,000 of the 217,000 people who fled Mosul in the fall of 2016 and we are preparing to expand our work as needed. Learn more about the humanitarian crisis in Mosul ▸
- Emergency response: Distributing emergency aid packages to recently-displaced communities, and providing ongoing support to Syrian refugees.
- Children & Youth: Creating safe spaces for conflict-affected Syrian and Iraqi children living in northern Iraq.
- Education: Teaching children sports education, emphasizing leadership, identity, and community building, in partnership with the Baghdad Ministry of Education.
- Conflict & Governance: Encouraging reconciliation and good governance by providing capacity-building training and empowering local leaders to resolve disputes and reform policies.
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Iraq: Devastation in Mosul
More than a million people fled a nine-month battle from the city of Mosul in Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of families lost their homes, and people are now living in displacement camps, in improvised shelters, and crowded in with extended family members in homes that weren’t designed to support that many people. Join Mercy Corps in helping families survive this crisis.
Iraq: Mosul's children July 26, 2017
With conflict over, Mosul's youngest victims begin their next challenge: rebuilding a future.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey: Quick facts: What you need to know about the Syria crisis
Over six years in, Syria's civil war has fueled a massive exodus. See the staggering statistics and learn the facts behind the figures.
Iraq: Mercy Corps responding to wave of need in Iraq
At least 135,000 have fled violence near Mosul, Iraq and are in need of food, water and other basic essentials as they cope with blistering summer heat. Learn how we are responding.
Iraq: One youth leader turns play into progress
Growing up in Baghdad isn’t easy — violence and fear are part of the daily reality. But Zahra, 18, is bringing positive change to other young women in her community through movement and mentorship.
Afghanistan, Greece, Iraq, Syria: How technology is affecting the refugee crisis
The mass movement of refugees toward western Europe has spawned a modern migration, one in which smartphones, the internet and other technologies play a lifesaving and transformative role.
Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria: Refugee families face uncertainty in Europe
Through the winter, our team in the Balkans worked day and night to help refugees as they pushed towards Europe. Find out what the journey was like, and how we helped.
Iraq, Syria: Teen Syrian refugee boy looks for community in Iraq
Sepan, 15, dances to the beat of his own drummer. A Syrian refugee, he feels isolated in Iraq, but a new Mercy Corps community center could change all that.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey: Turning the tide for refugee support
The numbers of the refugee crisis in Europe are staggering. But corporate partners are stepping up to help us provide the emergency relief and services that refugee families need.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Turkey: Refugee crisis: What's happening on the ground in Greece
As the refugee crisis reaches a tipping point, our teams are in Greece to help people in need. Javier Alvarez, a senior team leader, spoke with us this week about the situation.