About the Situation
By the Numbers
More than 32.5 million people live in Iraq
23% of the people in Iraq live below the poverty line
15% of the population is unemployed
(Sources: U.S. government and the World Bank)
Decades of political instability have affected Iraq’s economy, infrastructure, employment and social programs.
Important strides have been made in improving socio-economic issues in recent years, and food insecurity has been greatly reduced; however, the World Food Program reported in 2012 that 1.9 million Iraqis were still facing food insecurity in 2011. Refugees arriving from neighboring Syria have raised concerns of economic strain and competition for jobs; however, the impact has been less than in some other countries in the region.
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 9,000 individuals in Erbil (northern Iraq) with three 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.