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Iraq Crisis Appeal

Continual waves of armed conflict within Iraq have affected more than 10 million civilians. A large portion of these people are children. They urgently need our assistance.

A literacy class in Sierra Leone

Nearly 3.5 million people in Iraq have had to leave their homes because of conflict and many more are in need of basic support.

In the last two years, through our Iraq Crisis Appeal, we have reached more than 225,000 people, with food, clothes, hygiene kits, health services and cash assistance.

Civilians will be at extreme risk during the military operation to retake Mosul from ISIL.

The UN has said it will be the single most complex humanitarian operation in the world today.


How you can help

Donate - give directly to this appeal

Pray - read prayers and worship resources

Church collection - call 028 9064 8133 (Belfast) or 01 496 7040 (Dublin) to order resources


Your donations are providing:

  • Advocacy

  • Blankets

  • Cash and vouchers

  • Clothing

  • Food

  • Fuel

  • Hygiene kits

  • Tools for work

  • Medical assistance

  • Psychological and social support


How we work in an emergency

We're based in countries affected by disasters so we can be there before, during and after an emergency to save lives and support people long term. Through our work with local organisations in these countries, we can talk directly to the people affected to provide the most useful emergency response.

Find out more about our approach


Families we have reached so far

A literacy class in Sierra Leone

Sara Haqi Ismail

Sara Haqi Ismail fled the Diyala province, northern Iraq, with her two children in December 2014.

She told us: 'Since I arrived here the host community have looked after me, I feel safer here, I am not scared that my children will get killed. I am getting food, but my future is a mystery.  I don’t know what is waiting for me.'


With your donations, our partner REACH is providing desperately needed food, blankets, shelter, and hygiene kits to thousands of vulnerable families like Sara's living outside of camps in northern Iraq.


A literacy class in Sierra Leone

Laman Habash

Laman and her children fled to northern Iraq to escape bombings in their home town of Aleppo, Syria, three years ago. Dwindling savings and lack of job opportunities forced them to downgrade from a decent apartment to a windowless basement garage.




To help them build confidence and find a way to enjoy life, our partner REACH has provided networking programmes for women and children, such as sewing lessons for Laman and singing workshops for her children – a real lifeline for the family.

Her daughter Navene enjoyed the singing groups. She told us: ‘I made friends with everyone there. I love all of them!’


A literacy class in Sierra Leone

Khatwn Mizra

Khatwn Mizra, her son and daughter, were some of the thousands of Yazidis trapped on mount Sinjar in the summer of 2014. On the summit there was no shade, no water and no food. Her husband went looking for water and never returned.

Our partner REACH is providing families like Khatwn's with desperately needed food, blankets, shelter, and hygiene kits.


She now lives in a community of displaced Yazidis renting disused buildings in Sulaymaniyah in northern Iraq.



Related news and blogs

Blog: The plight of the forgotten people
Our Head of Advocacy, Laura Taylor, recently visited Iraq where she met some of the thousands of people living in temporary camps. Read about their stories.

Blog: The miseries of the Yazidis six months on
Frances Guy, our Head of Middle East, reports back from visiting displaced Yazidi communities in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Yazidis yearn for their Sinjar home one year after Isis forced them to flee
The Guardian tells Khatwn Mizra's story in more detail and questions the bigger question around whether Iraq is becoming a forgotten humanitarian crisis.


Iraq Crisis Appeal

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