Iraq Emergency

Millions of Iraqis have been forced to abandon their homes after decades of conflict and violence.

Terrified, many fled with just the clothes on their backs. Now, with their limited financial resources exhausted by basic accommodation and food, they are in desperate need of emergency aid.

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4 million

people of concern

3.4 million

displaced inside Iraq

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"We had no choice other than to leave because it was not safe for our children. We left everything – our clothes, our furniture, even our food."

Nafa Jihad, 40, father

More than 3 million Iraqis have been displaced across the country since the start of 2014 and nearly 220,000 are refugees in other countries. Mass executions, systematic rape and horrendous acts of violence are widespread, and human rights and rule of law are under constant attack. By the end of 2016, it is estimated that over 11 million Iraqis may be in need of humanitarian assistance.

Almost 1.8 million Iraqis and Syrians have taken refuge in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, where an estimated 20 per cent of the population is displaced. Communities, authorities and infrastructure are at breaking point.

What is UNHCR doing to help?

UNHCR is on the ground in Iraq and surrounding regions, providing protection and life-saving aid such as tents, mattresses and other basic essentials. But as the situation worsens our supplies are running low. 

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Violence has displaced over a million people