Iraq crisis: please donate now

As fighting forces more than 1.2 million people to flee their homes, Iraq is facing one of the largest humanitarian crises to afflict the country since the end of the 2003 invasion.

Our teams are on the ground in northern Iraq, providing children and families fleeing their homes with water, food and hygiene kits.

But as this crisis rapidly escalates, we need your support to help more children.

Please donate now

 

 

How we're helping

Aram Shakaram, our acting Iraq director, on how our teams are responding:

"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. Save the Children is on the ground working with refugees and displaced people in the [northern] 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."

Shocking scale of the crisis

Aram added: “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. The most vulnerable families are those left behind and it’s extremely difficult to reach them right now as the violence continues."

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 Emergency Fund

Or call 0800 8148 148 to donate by phone

 

As many as 500,000 people have been forced to flee the Iraqi city of Mosul. Save the Children’s Acting Country Director in Iraq, Aram Shakaram, said:

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.”

- See more at: http://www.savethechildren.org.uk/2014-06/iraq-crisis-500000-flee-mosul#...