About the Situation
By the Numbers
More than 34 million people live in Iraq
23% of the people in Iraq live below the poverty line
More than 2 Million are displaced
(Sources: World Bank, United Nations)
Decades of political instability have affected Iraq’s economy, infrastructure, employment and social programs.
Important strides have been made in improving socio-economic issues and reducing food insecurity in recent years. Yet the United Nations reports that nearly 1 in 4 Iraqis live in poverty, and some local officials maintain that poverty is much more widespread than that.
The situation for many people deteriorated sharply in 2014. The United Nations reported more than 12,000 people killed and 23,000 injured that year—the highest number of casualties since the violence of 2006-2007. More than 2 million people are displaced from their homes, according to the United Nations, and more than 5 million were in need of humanitarian aid at the beginning of 2015.
How Islamic Relief is Helping
Islamic ReliefTM has been working in Iraq since 1997. In 2003, Islamic Relief Iraq opened in Baghdad for the maintenance and oversight of long-term programs. In times of emergency and turmoil, relief teams have been quick to get health kits to hospitals and health centers treating thousands of injured. Islamic Relief teams have also distributed food rations to help alleviate hunger during times of instability.
Here’s a breakdown of some programs Islamic Relief USA are supporting in Iraq:
RELIEF TO INTERNALLY DISPLACED PEOPLE
This effort aims to provide some 4,500 individuals in Erbil (northern Iraq) with four monthly distributions of vital items, including food packages with chicken and beef canned meat, tomato paste, vegetable oil, rice, lentils, sugar, powdered milk, milk for babies, dates, tea and more. The program will also provide hygiene kits containing items such as soap, detergent, antiseptic solution, tooth brushes and paste, towels, sanitary napkins, and baby diapers.
RAMADAN FOOD DISTRIBUTION
Here are photos taken by Islamic Relief teams in the field in Iraq.