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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.

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

Children are the most endangered (photo: Mishraq Qadissiyah/RNVDO).

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.

Caritas Czech Republic helps in Mosul, Iraq

Food packages prepared for recipients.

Humanitarian Aid consisting of sanitary packages and household needs packages, non-perishable food and drinking water arrived to people who need it in the Al-Bakir district of Mosul in the middle of December.

Humanitarian crisis looms as Mosul battle rages in Iraq

200,000 people from Mosul could flee in the first few weeks. Welcome sites are in place but fears are growing provisions will not be enough (photo: Chris de Bode/Cordaid).

Caritas is preparing for a wave of people fleeing the Iraqi city of Mosul as Iraqi, Kurdish and coalition forces battle to retake it from Islamic State (ISIS). Between 1.2 to 1.5 million people could be affected and 200,000 could flee in the first few weeks. While the weather is around 20° at night, the temperatures will decrease in the coming months. “They will need shelter, food, healthcare, clean water and sanitation and other aid like blankets and cooking equipment,” said Nabil Nissan, director of Caritas Iraq. Read more on caritas.org.

Mosul battle could result in up to 1.5 million refugees

Mosul battle could result in up to 1.5 million refugees (foto: Daniel Etter/CRS).

On Monday the 17th of October the battle for Mosul, the last stronghold of the Islamic State in Iraq, burst open. It is believed that up to 8,000 ISIS fighters are struggling against the government who owns the numerical advantage of 25,000 soldiers. Civilians were warned of the imminent attack by thousands of leaflets and flyers. The United Nations has expressed its concerns about the safety of up to one and a half million people. Though the exact number is unknown, two million inhabitants had been living in the city before the extremists began their occupation in 2014.

The battle for Fallujah in Iraq has resulted in additional tens of thousands immigrants

Parents sent boys for the water.

In June 2016, tens of thousands of people were forced to leave their homes in Fallujah where the bloody battle started. It was led by government forces against ISIS fighters who had taken the area under their control since January 2014.

Children in Iraq have to overcome their traumas

Zirak, nine years old boy.

Big eyes and a dark blue sweatshirt of a European football team, Zirak is hiding under the hood and peeks to see what's going on around him. Zirak is 9 years old and is afraid of thunderstorms. He fled from the village of Sinjar and now lives in Baadre, a village in the governorate of Dohuk, in the semi-autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan.

Helping families in Iraq takes many forms

Packages with humanitarian aid.

Due to repeated clashes with the radical terrorist organization Islamic State (IS), Iraq now suffers from major internal displacement. Since the beginning of the conflict in 2014, 1.8 million people have left their homes. The Iraqi Kurdistan region now accommodates 90,564 families, 47% of which are displaced residents who have settled in only three of the region’s districts (Dohuk, Al-Shekhan and Akre). In the area of northern Iraq, 222,000 refugees from war-stricken Syria also continue to seek refuge.

Education for displaced Iraqi children

Education for displaced Iraqi children

One of the many things that gets left behind when a family is uprooted by war, is a child’s education. If left without schooling for a prolonged time, the long-term effects on a child’s life and possibilities can be devastating. Read more on caritas.org.

Uncertainties for Christians in Iraq

Uncertainties for Christians in Iraq

Statement by Msgr Shlemon Warduni, Chaldean auxiliary bishop of Baghdad and president of Caritas Iraq

Many people ask me about the conditions and lives of Christians in Iraq. I don’t wish to be pessimistic, but unfortunately the situation is going from bad to worse: bombing, car bombs, suicide bombings, rape, torture, kidnapping and robbery are just some of the agents of death used by ISIS. Read more on caritas.org.

The unclear future for Iraqi refugees in Jordan

Rasha and her daughter Tania in room in one of the charity shelters (photo: Caritas Jordan).

Jordan is currently hosting the 1.4 million Syrians, 500,000 Iraqis, 500,000 Palestinians and 35,000 displaced residents of Yemen. Caritas Jordan provides them with food, shelter, medical care, advice, training and other means of assistance. The number of people in need is staggering, but for each refugee who receives aid, a small victory is made.