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. Engage youth who have been exposed to years of trauma in activities that support their wellbeing and sense of community.
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.
All stories about Iraq
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.
Iraq, Syria: Expanding support for Syrian refugees in Iraq
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
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
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.