Iraq

Slepa mapa_Irak 2015 orezIraq's recent history has been strongly influenced by armed conflict, sectarian violence and the volatile political situation. In recent years, Iraq has been hit hardest by the invasion of the so-called Islamic State, which has ravaged the northwest of the country and millions of Iraqis have had to flee their homes. To this day, many people do not have adequate shelter, access to basic services or a source of livelihood.

Caritas Czech Republic started operating in Iraq in 2015, and since then our activities have focused primarily on providing the much-needed humanitarian aid to the most vulnerable groups. We focused on providing basic health care as well as supporting refugees and internally displaced persons.

In recent years, the situation in Iraq has begun to stabilize, and so Caritas is gradually adjusting its activities to include projects to repair war-torn homes or help people return home after the war. Through our activities, we try to support both returnees and vulnerable groups, as well as the functioning of local government and the local economy. We currently have a head office in Erbil, Kurdistan, and several regional offices in other provinces.

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Dozens of Iraqi families found stable source of income thanks to new greenhouses
April 1, 2021 CCR-Iraq

Dozens of Iraqi families found stable source of income thanks to new greenhouses

For many families, returning home after the war means a struggle to find a stable source of income, since not only their houses, but a lot of businesses and agricultural infrastructure were destroyed during the conflict. Many of them have no resources for rebuilding their livelihoods. We are supporting the returning refugees in Ninewa Plains to restart their farming and other small businesses. Over the last year, we helped dozens of families by providing large scale greenhouses, seeds and tools, we helped dozens of other families to restart their business.

Caritas Czech Republic is helping Iraqis in return to normal life
March 10, 2021 News

Caritas Czech Republic is helping Iraqis in return to normal life

It has only been a few days since the Pope Francis' four-day trip to Iraq. It was the first ever papal visit to the country, which has suffered years of armed conflict. Pope Francis expressed his support of peaceful renovation of Iraq, and he encouraged not only the persecuted community of Iraqi Christians, but also other people in Iraq to forgive one another and to live in mutual respect to all people irrespective of their religion or ethnic origin.

During his visit to Iraq, Pope Francis will support communities we are working with
March 5, 2021 News

During his visit to Iraq, Pope Francis will support communities we are working with

Pope Francis is the first highest representative of the Catholic Church to ever visit Iraq. The trip will take place between 5th and 8th March 2021. He wants to support peaceful renovation of the country that not that long time ago was caught in a bloody conflict. Systematic violence against the Christian communities lead to hundreds of thousands of believers, especially from the Nineveh Plains, to leave the country. Personally supporting its renovation will be one of the goals of the visit. Caritas Czech republic has been working with refugees in the region helping them restore their livelihoods.