Despite the withdrawal of foreign troops, the UN estimates that 100 people die every day in Iraq. In addition to the ongoing violence, power cuts, water shortages and rising fuel prices make life unbearable for ordinary Iraqis on a day-to-day basis.
With an infrastructure that has been destroyed by war, damaged water and sanitation systems allow diseases like typhoid, cholera and dysentery to spread and hospitals struggle to cope, with critical medicines and supplies barely available.
Islamic Relief began work in Iraq in 1997 by supplying medical equipment to hospitals to help them tackle leukaemia and other serious illnesses. We also distributed Qurbani and Ramadan food distributions, benefiting thousands of Iraqi families, and supported orphans through one-to-one sponsorship.
As we were already present in Iraq before the most recent conflict started, we were one of the very few aid agencies have been there to help the Iraqi people throughout dire times. As well as immediate assistance like emergency food distributions and health equipment, we also repaired several schools and health centres that were badly damaged.
Today, we are continuing to help rebuild and reconstruct Iraq, establishing a tuberculosis treatment centre and providing sustainable clean water supplies, as well as continuing our work with schools and health centres.
Due to conflicts in surrounding areas we also support thousands of displaced people, including refugees from Syria and Palestine, who have fled danger to seek safety in Iraq.