Iraq

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Caritas has been helping in Iraq since April 2015. Due to the violent nature of the persecution of ethnic and religious minorities of the combatants of the so-called Islamic State the country is has one of the largest numbers of internally displaced people in the world. Many families now live in makeshift tents or buildings that do not provide sufficient shelter. People need help - from medical care through the delivery of food and sanitary facilities to psychological support.

In 2015, Caritas Czech Republic provided humanitarian aid in Erbil and Dohuk, in 2016 in Baghdad and at the end of 2016 and at the beginning of 2017 in Mosul. In the spring of 2017 the Caritas of the Czech Republic established its own office in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Information about humanitarian aid in 2015 (both in English and Czech) here.

6 ways Caritas Czech Republic helps people who had to flee their homes
June 7, 2022 News

6 ways Caritas Czech Republic helps people who had to flee their homes

The number of people who were forced to leave their homes has doubled in the last 10 years to 82.4 million refugees today. The most common reasons why people involuntarily leave their home country or region are protracted wars, political persecution and, more recently, problems related to climate change. Our assistance in 6 countries focuses not only on providing the basic necessities to live but also on sustainable solutions that give refugees a chance for a better future. 

Thaer's dream of working in the cooling and air conditioning maintenance business came true
May 8, 2022 CCR-Iraq

Thaer's dream of working in the cooling and air conditioning maintenance business came true

Tháer Hazem Aziz, a 25-year-old newlywed, is also a father-to-be. Despite the fact that he was born and raised in Ramadi, he and his family live Al-Heet today. He was studying before ISIS attacked, but after ISIS he sometimes would his father fix heaters, refrigerators, and cookers. Thaer was unemployed before to enrolling in the Livelihood Initiative, but he had a strong interest in refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment repair and wanted to learn more about it. Thaer was able to work in this field thanks to the Caritas Czech Republic and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Kamal launched his own sweets shop in the Al-Kubaisa sub-district
March 31, 2022 CCR-Iraq

Kamal launched his own sweets shop in the Al-Kubaisa sub-district

Kamal Hadi Sahab is a 43-year-old man, originally from the Al Heet district's Al-Kubaisa sub-district of Iraq. He lives with his family and has three children, two sons and a girl. Before the ISIS attack on the area, Kamal worked as a daily wage laborer in a local factory. After returning, he worked as a selfemployeed. Kamal had always wanted to open his own sweets factory in the region but he lacked the money to do so. Thanks to Caritas Czech Republic and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), he was finally able to launch his confectionery business.

Behind the scenes of Caritas Czech Republic: Meet our Senior Livelihoods Advisor, George  Jend
March 29, 2022 CCR-Iraq

Behind the scenes of Caritas Czech Republic: Meet our Senior Livelihoods Advisor, George Jend

Would you like to know more about our team at Caritas Czech Republic? We launched a series of interviews with our colleagues who will tell you more about our work across the world. This time we interviewed Gevorge Jenderedjian, our Senior Livelihoods Technical Advisor from our mission in Iraq.

Yasmine was able to open her own salon thanks to the Caritas Czech Republic and UNDP
February 28, 2022 CCR-Iraq

Yasmine was able to open her own salon thanks to the Caritas Czech Republic and UNDP

Yasmine Raed Najm is a married woman with three children from the Al-Muhammadi sub-district, Al-Heet district, Anbar Governorate. She has always dreamed of starting her own business and helping other women of her area. But in Iraq after the conflict, it was not easy. Thanks to Caritas Czech Republic and UNDP, Yasmine was able to open her salon.

Rana opened the first private educational institute in the Al-Muhammedi Sub-District
January 30, 2022 CCR-Iraq

Rana opened the first private educational institute in the Al-Muhammedi Sub-District

Rana AbdulRazzaq is a mechanical engineer who graduated from the University of Anbar Mechanical Engineering Department in 2012 in Anbar Governorate. Unfortunately, she had no luck getting employed. She was disappointed trying to find a job in the engineering sector. Nevertheless, Rana always loved her department. She liked solving mathematical problems and also always wanted to teach others. Thanks to the support of Caritas Czech Republic and the UNDP, Rana was able to open a small education centre where she gives private lessons and earns a living.

Azad and his siblings are now diligently working in their greenhouse
December 13, 2021 CCR-Iraq

Azad and his siblings are now diligently working in their greenhouse

Azad Kreik was born in Bashiqa and resides in a house with his wife, children, brothers, and mother with his family of roughly 17 people. They reside in an orchard they created after their property was burned down by ISIS. They cultivate olive trees in the orchard, and Bashiqa is known for its olive groves and pickles production.  In the open space between the trees, they also grow many veggies. His brother Ziyad, his children, and a few friends assist him in his farming endeavors. As a result, they also share their agricultural and crop-harvesting experiences.

Behind the scenes of Caritas Czech Republic: Shirman’s Internship Journey
September 13, 2021 CCR-Iraq

Behind the scenes of Caritas Czech Republic: Shirman’s Internship Journey

Our Logistics Assistant, Shirman Mohammed, is 25 year old. He is from the Syrian town of Qamishlo and began his Internship with Caritas Czech Republic in Iraq September 2020. He is currently enjoying his one-year anniversary. We spoke with him about his year with Caritas and how he became a Logistics Assistant.

There is hope after years of homelessness for the displaced Iraqis
July 2, 2021 CCR-Iraq

There is hope after years of homelessness for the displaced Iraqis

When ISIS seized control of several cities in central and northern Iraq in 2014, it prompted thousands of people to flee their homes. Seven years later, Iraqis continue to endure massive displacement and almost no possibility of returning home. With the closing of many in-camp IDPs, more than half a million are residing in critical conditions, without protection, security, or privacy. There are, however, stories of hope. Such as in the case of Rashid.

Caritas Czech Republic is setting up its own branch in Iraq to be closer to the needy
March 16, 2017 Iraq

Caritas Czech Republic is setting up its own branch in Iraq to be closer to the needy

Between last  December  and January this year, Caritas Czech Republic in cooperation with the Polish organization Polish Humanitarian Action and Iraqi RNVDO, managed to distribute 800 packages of humanitarian aid close to Mosul battle lines. Now Caritas Czech Republic is establishing its own branch in Iraq.