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Iraq Emergency

“We had no choice other than to leave because it was not safe for our children. We left everything – our clothes, our furniture, even our food.”

Nafa Jihad, 40, father

More than 3 million Iraqis have been displaced across the country since the start of 2014 and nearly 220,000 are refugees in other countries. Mass executions, systematic rape and horrendous acts of violence are widespread, and human rights and rule of law are under constant attack. By the end of 2016, it is estimated that over 11 million Iraqis may be in need of humanitarian assistance.

Almost 1.8 million Iraqis and Syrians have taken refuge in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, where an estimated 20 per cent of the population is displaced. Communities, authorities and infrastructure are at breaking point.

What is UNHCR doing to help?

UNHCR is on the ground in Iraq and surrounding regions, providing protection and life-saving aid such as tents, mattresses and other basic essentials. But as the situation worsens our supplies are running low.

We need your support.

Violence has displaced over a million people

4 million  people of concern

3.4 million  displaced inside Iraq

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The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was established on 14 December 1950 by the United Nations General Assembly. The agency is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee issues. It strives to ensure that everyone has the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another state, with the option to voluntarily return home when conditions are conducive for return, integrate locally or resettle to a third country. UNHCR has twice won the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1954 for its ground-breaking work in helping the refugees of Europe, and in 1981 for its worldwide assistance to refugees.