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.
Iraq, Syria: Helping families on the run from conflict in Syria and Iraq
When you don’t know when you can return home, how do you move forward with your life? Cash assistance, rather than handouts, helps displaced families meet their varied needs — and restores some of the dignity they’ve lost.
Iraq, Syria: Syrian families from Kobane find safety in Iraq
After a month of fighting, many families from the besieged Syrian town have journeyed more than 500 miles to Iraq. We're helping newly arrived refugees and preparing displaced families for winter.
Iraq: Families on the run in Iraq: How our team is helping
Intense fighting this week fueled a new wave of displacement. As part of our ongoing response, the team acted quickly to rush food and supplies to Yazidi families and others fleeing the violence.
Iraq: Emergency supplies help displaced families
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
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.
Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Voices of Syria's youth: What it's like to grow up as a refugee
As part of our new research, we asked youth affected by the Syria crisis to describe their struggles and hopes. See their art and photos — and learn what we must do to help this generation rebuild.
Iraq: Assessing urgent needs as 500,000 Iraqis flee violence
Our team in Iraq is working to coordinate emergency services for families displaced by escalating conflict.
Iraq: How do citizens build better government?
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
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
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.