Iraq Crisis Appeal: How You Helped

A huge thank you to everyone who supported our Iraq Crisis appeal. Your support helped us to reach thousands of children in urgent need of humanitarian aid following fighting in Iraq. 

Save the Children Iraq Crisis AppealMarid*, 11, at Baharka Internally Displaced Person's camp outside Erbil.

Families caught in the middle of the brutal conflict have been forced to flee their homes. There are now over 3.1 million people scattered across Iraq, some living in over-crowded camps, others improvising - living in sports centres, mosques, churches and schools.

Thanks to your support, we have been able to help children and their families living in this crisis.

Our response in numbers 

Our teams have been on the ground in some of the worst affected areas since the conflict started.

In just one year, we have reached more than 515,000 displaced people in Iraq, including more than 244,000 children.

  • 40,200 children were reached through our child protection work.
  • 5,700 children were helped to continue their education.
  • 321,600 people received clean water and sanitation support.
  • 160,100 people were helped to improve their living conditions.
  • 251,600 people received food distributions.

We don't know what the next crisis might be, but you can help us to be prepared for it by donating to our Emergency Fund online or by calling us on 0800 8148 148.

Karim's* story

Iraq Crisis Appeal Save the Children

This is 6-year-old Karim*. When conflict broke out in his hometown in Iraq, he lost both his parents and his brother to an explosion. He was traumatised by the experience, as were his older brother and sister.

They went to live with their uncle's family, who then, together with Karim* and his siblings, fled together to Khanaqeen for safety.

Since July 2014, Karim has been living under his 25-year-old sister's care in the Internally Displaced Person's camp. He has been attending our child-friendly spaces, where he receives care and psychosocial support.



“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.