Mercy Corps has been working in Iraq since 2003. The road to a new Iraq is fraught with challenges and citizens struggle to survive against a backdrop of political dysfunction, infighting, extremism and potential of civil war. Hundreds of thousands have fled the most violent areas and are seeking safety elsewhere. The ongoing conflict in neighboring Syria continues to drive Syrian refugees across the border into camps and urban settlements.
The country's precarious development is stressed by the needs of displaced people and refugees. Basic services have been disrupted, and water is in short supply. Large communities of internally-displaced families already lack water, shelter and proper hygiene facilities, and many are struggling to build peaceful relationships and make lives in their new communities.
More than 200,000 Mosul residents have been displaced since fighting in the city began — 50,000 of them are newly displaced after recent armed attacks in February 2017. Mercy Corps is responding to the urgent needs of more than 80,000 of the 217,000 people who fled Mosul in the fall of 2016 and we are preparing to expand our work as needed. Learn more about the humanitarian crisis in Mosul ▸
- Emergency response: Distributing emergency aid packages to recently-displaced communities, and providing ongoing support to Syrian refugees.
- Children & Youth: Creating safe spaces for conflict-affected Syrian and Iraqi children living in northern Iraq.
- Education: Teaching children sports education, emphasizing leadership, identity, and community building, in partnership with the Baghdad Ministry of Education.
- Conflict & Governance: Encouraging reconciliation and good governance by providing capacity-building training and empowering local leaders to resolve disputes and reform policies.
Iraq: How do citizens build better government?
Our new research report shows how empowering civil society in Iraq is helping citizens lay the groundwork for a democratic and peaceful future.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Syria: Three years in crisis
A look inside the worst humanitarian disaster of our time and what we must do to help families trapped by war.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: The human toll of the Syria crisis must be addressed long term
As civil war enters its fourth year, we're helping refugees and host countries cope with prolonged displacement — and urge international leaders to do the same.
Iraq, Syria: Expanding support for Syrian refugees in Iraq
The number of Syrians fleeing to Iraq tripled in the last year. We've mobilized to help refugees prepare for winter and find work to support their families.
Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria: Syria: An ongoing crisis
Refugee numbers are predicted to double as Syria's violent conflict drags on. We're on the ground in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq helping meet their most urgent needs for water, warmth and safety.
Iraq: From protest to power
Our programme saved lives this past August. It was one of the most encouraging things I’ve seen in Iraq in the last 10 years.
Iraq: Inheriting a stronger nation
For the last nine years, Mercy Corps' Community Action Programme has worked in phases to empower individuals, community groups and local governments to improve life in Iraq.
Iraq: A life after divorce
Rasha’s story is unfortunately typical of girls in Iraq: She was married off against her will at age 13.
Iraq: Making the law work for them
In the Middle East, Iraq has a history of being a leader in promoting women's rights. Even after the fall of Saddam Hussein, women were some of the first to organise across ethnic and religious lines to advocate for democratic change.
Iraq: One hundred text messages she can read and write
The noise was deafening. I had asked a simple question — “How has the WAI programme changed your life?” — and everyone had an answer. I didn’t know what to focus on. Spoons clinked in tea glasses and the women never stopped talking.