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Working to provide emergency child protection, education and psychosocial support in conflict-affected regions


Iraq has been beset by a rapidly unfolding humanitarian crisis for the past three years - and is now the scene of a protracted crisis. Government forces and armed groups - most notably Islamic State - are engaged in fierce territorial battles. An estimated 10 million people inside Iraq are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance, according to figures from UNHCR.

The instability in northern Iraq in particular has seen Islamic State fighters make significant territorial gains through the tactic of brutal killings. This tactic has led to significant population displacement - some 3.3 million people have been forced to flee their homes. These IDPs together with Syrian refugees are dispersed across northern Iraq - and 90 per cent of them live outside of refugee camps, putting huge strain on host communities.

Children growing up inside Iraq suffer significant rights violations. A third of all Iraqi children are in need of humanitarian aid. More than half a million children are out of school. Figures from UNICEF show that some 3.6 million children are exposed to significant violent risks on a daily basis. Girls in Iraq are exposed to the threat of sexual violence and boys are often forced to participate directly in the conflict.


War Child has joined a consortium funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs for a joint response programme in Iraq. The project - operated in partnership with War Child UK - is designed to provide vulnerable children with protection and psychosocial support. We mainly focus on children from internally displaced families who've arrived in northern Iraq as a result of the violence.


The third phase of the Northern Iraq Joint Response was launched in March 2017. This phase will see humanitarian operations launched to assist 170,000 highly vulnerable Iraqi civilians affected by the ongoing military operations in Mosul and the Tigris corridor.