Iraq Crisis Appeal: How You Helped

Last year, a surge of violence in Iraq forced thousands more families from their homes. Across the country, children sought safety in overcrowded camps, mosques, churches and schools. With your help, we have delivered vital aid to more than half a million people caught in the middle of this conflict.

Children draw pictures at one of our child-friendly safe spaces at a camp for displaced people in Iraq. (Photo: CJ Clarke/Save the Children.)

Children draw pictures at one of our child-friendly safe spaces at a camp for displaced people in Iraq. (Photo: CJ Clarke/Save the Children.)
 

Ongoing conflict in Iraq has made 3.1 million people homeless and put children at grave risk of harm.

Displaced families are scattered across the country, finding shelter wherever they can. More than 4.4 million people need food assistance.

Our teams have been working with families on the ground since fighting began. When fighting intensified last year, we launched an emergency appeal. Your generosity enabled us to step up our response.

How your donation has helped children

Thanks to you, we’ve reached 558,000 displaced people in Iraq, including more than 249,000 children. Our teams have delivered:

  • safe spaces, psychological care and other child protection assistance for 42,000 children
  • clean water, latrines and washing kits, improved sanitation for 321,600 people
  • shelter kits and vouchers to enable 160,100 people to improve their living conditions
  • hot meals, food parcels and meal vouchers to improve nutrition for 251,600 people
  • educational support, such as catch-up classes and informal learning, reaching 5,700 children.
 

Karim's story

Six-year-old Karim has been attending Save the Children's child-friendly space at a camp for displaced people. (Photo: CJ Clarke/Save the Children.)
Six-year-old Karim has been attending Save the Children's child-friendly space at a camp for displaced people. (Photo: CJ Clarke/Save the Children.)
 

When conflict broke out in Karim’s* hometown, his parents and brother were killed in an explosion.

Karim* and his older sister and brother sought safety with their uncle, but were soon forced to flee again.

They’re now living in a camp for displaced people, where Karim* attends one of Save the Children’s safe spaces. Our staff are helping him deal with the trauma he has experienced.

*Name changed to protect identity.
 

What we’re doing now

We’re still working hard to help children in Iraq. Our teams are focusing on areas where there is less help available.

The need across the country is huge. As well as delivering essentials, such as clean water, food and shelter, we’re working to keep children safe. In partnership with community leaders, we’re setting up systems to protect children and ensure concerns are reported.

Help us be ready for the next crisis:

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“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.

Last updated December 2015.