“We need to maintain the flow of water and food. Basics only, inexpensive but continuous and lifesaving.” – Hala al-Saraf, Director of our Soccer Salam partner, the Iraq Health Access Organization
Iraqi Security Forces and their allies are quickly making gains in their efforts to clear the city of Mosul… Read more
James Fallow, Phillip Gordon, Nancy Lindborg, and David Miliband at “The Humanitarian Tinderbox: How Governments and NGOs Must Address the Global Aid Crisis
“Conflict is natural. The issue is how well we manage conflict and attempt to not allow it progress to violence.” – President of USIP, Nancy Lindborg
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Map of Iraq’s Provinces
This post will focus on Internally Displaced Persons, or IDPs. Understanding the significance of the IDP problem is crucial to understanding the humanitarian crisis occurring in Iraq today. There are currently roughly 3.9 million Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in Iraq, 3.2 million of those being… Read more
“I have long said that Americans are the most generous people in the world. But we do have the shortest attention spans. And when it comes to global crises today, I fear that too many in the United States believe that we can insulate ourselves from the world’s problems and… Read more
On Tuesday, U.S. President Barack Obama and Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi met in the Oval Office. Both leaders expressed their commitment to a robust relationship between the two countries, emphasizing priorities for continued cooperation. Several of these priorities reflect the progress that Haider al-Abadi has made in improving governance… Read more
A Syrian refugee family in a crowded refugee camp in Erbil. Iraq is one of several countries neighboring Syria that is hosting part of the nearly 2 million refugees. Now, families like these may not be able to receive food from the UN. (Erik Gustafson/EPIC)
“But the fact is the… Read more
Last week’s blog post on the displacement issue in Iraq’s ongoing humanitarian crisis highlighted an important phenomenon; the violence has come to intensify existing development problems in Iraq. Among the most important of these problems are health, food security, and WASH (Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene) programs.
After 4… Read more
The current displacement crisis in Iraq did not erupt suddenly. It is the newest wave of a continual problem in Iraq. A 2009 report from the Brookings Institute noted:
“In fact, since the late 1960s, Iraq has produced the largest number of refugees and internally displaced persons in the Middle… Read more
Since June, discussions on Iraq have primarily focused on political and security developments, often overlooking the urgent humanitarian aspects of the crisis. The lack of focus on Iraq’s humanitarian developments were perhaps best shown in recent U.S. House and Senate hearings on the Iraq crisis. Despite several hours of questions… Read more
Under ISIS control, Iraqi women live in fear of forced marriages to militants.
Women are an important part of a nation’s stabilization, economic standing and societal change. The women in Iraq are dealing with violations that are stripping away their rights and drastically changing their way of life. In Mosul,… Read more
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and empowering youth in Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan.