Iraq Crisis Appeal: Please donate to help children

The current fighting in Iraq has led to a huge humanitarian crisis as more than two million people have been forced to leave their homes for safety and over eight million people, including 3.7 million children, are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.

Our teams are on the ground in northern Iraq and have already helped over 500,000 people, providing children and families fleeing their homes with water, food, shelter and hygiene basics like soap and toothbrushes.

But they need your support if they are to help more children:

Please donate now

Or call 0800 8148 148 to donate by phone

Shocking scale of the crisis

Families forced to flee their homes are caught in the middle of an increasingly brutal conflict. Deprived of their homes, these families are now scattered across more than 2,400 sites in Iraq.

Save the Children’s Iraq Country Director Tina Yu says: “I have never known such a rapid moment of displacement, and it’s putting aid agencies like ours under an enormous amount of pressure to meet the needs of incredibly vulnerable people.”

“We’re seeing children and families who’ve fled their homes, often in the middle of the night, fearing for their lives and with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

"When they find somewhere safe to shelter they often don’t have the means to buy basic necessities like food and medicine, and they don’t know if their lives will ever be the same again,” Ms Yu said.

How we're helping

  • We are providing families in the worst affected areas with vital supplies including food and water, shelter, sleeping kits, hygiene items such as soap and toothbrushes.
  • We are also starting up education activities – such as catch-up classes – to limit the conflict’s negative impact on the children’s future. We have already begun work to make sure that if this crisis continues for months, displaced children will have the opportunity to get an education in schools and temporary learning spaces.
  • At the same time we are setting up child friendly spaces to provide children with a place where they can be themselves, interact with other children, play and learn in a safe environment.
  • So far we have reached more than 500,000 people so far through our response to this crisis.
water, food and hygiene
Save the Children has distributed hygiene kits, jerry cans, shelter kits and biscuit packs in some of the worst affected areas, reaching more than 7,000 people. The aid agency has helped more than 360,000 in northern Iraq since fighting first broke out at the beginning of June. - See more at:

How you can help

Please support us so we can help the huge numbers of children forced from their homes in Iraq:

Donate now to our Iraq Crisis Appeal

Or call 0800 8148 148 to donate by phone


Wednesday, 11 June 2014 - 1:04pm

“As terrified families and children flee violence in Mosul, we are witnessing one of the largest and swiftest mass movements of people in the world in recent memory. This shocking escalation of violence is forcing hundreds of thousands of people to flee for their lives towards the Kurdistan region.

"Massive traffic jams and blocked roads are seriously hindering access and movement of aid, as hundreds of thousands flee from the raging violence and chaos. The most vulnerable families are those left behind and it’s extremely difficult to reach them right now as the violence continues. We are also extremely concerned over how the Kurdistan region of Iraq will cope with the influx.

"Save the Children is on the ground working with refugees and displaced people in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. As an immediate emergency priority, we will distribute water, food and hygiene kits to people fleeing Mosul in coordination with local authorities and organisations responding to the crisis.

"The majority of Iraqis fleeing Mosul had to escape in a matter of minutes as the situation deteriorated. Reaching out to them is an immediate priority and we appeal to the international community to step up its funding to this growing crisis.