Islamic Relief is supporting displaced families, including Christian families from Mosul, as they flee the violent conflict in Northern Iraq.
Although the crisis hit the headlines internationally recently, the current conflict began over six months ago, and Islamic Relief has provided food parcels to 27,000 families in this period. We’ve also distributed clothing and provided clean water in partnership with Unicef to thousands of people in the city of Sinjar. This is the worst humanitarian crisis Iraq has faced since 2006. UN figures suggest at least 1,300 people have been killed, and over 1,250 injured. Over 1.2 million Iraqis have fled their homes to try to find shelter and security in safer places. Those displaced by the fighting have dispersed to 1,400 locations across Iraq. Many left their homes with only the clothes they were wearing. Some are staying with families but many are sheltering in churches, schools, mosques, unfinished buildings and increasingly in makeshift refugee camps. Thousands are living without basic necessities such as access to clean water and latrines. Since the beginning of this crisis, Islamic Relief has been working tirelessly with other humanitarian agencies – including Unicef and the UN’s World Food Programme – to provide assistance to people across a wide area in Anbar, Ninewa, Saleheddin and around Erbil. Islamic Relief will continue to deliver aid and assistance to those affected by the crisis in Iraq.