The region is under severe pressure due to the influx of Syrian refugees and Iraqi internally displaced persons.


In post-ISIS Iraq, thousands of Iraqi men, women and children remain internally displaced by conflict and crisis. 


After the recapture of Mosul and the territories occupied by Islamic State (IS) in December 2017, the Iraqi government officially announced an end to the war on IS. NGOs are now therefore able to access new areas in the country.

Following the failure of the independence referendum for Iraqi Kurdistan, general elections to elect a new President and Parliament – initially planned in the region for 1 November 2017 – were pushed back by eight months. In 2017, population movements took place in multiple directions: 3.2 million returnees but 2.6 million displaced (of which 1.7 million this year).

People we helped in 2017


We have continued to support Syrian refugees, internally displaced people and host communities.

Our teams favour a multisector approach, combining all our fields of expertise.

  • In food security and livelihoods our programmes included distribution of rations and food coupons, money transfers, and vocational training.
  • Water, sanitation and hygiene interventions included an emergency response with tanker trucks in Mosul, the installation of water points and networks, sanitation structures and latrines, the distribution of hygiene kits and awareness raising, and support for waste management.
  • For mental health and infant care practices our programmes included emergency psychological support, women’s, men’s and children’s group sessions, individual follow-up, the establishment of baby spaces and training of mental health professionals.
  • Our nutrition and health interventions covered support for health centres and helping to set up community-level management for the treatment of under-nutrition in Hammam al-Alil camp.




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Erbil, Dohuk, Ninewah, Diyala, Mosul