• 2015 Iraq Humanitarian Response Plan


    Iraq is one of the most volatile and complex humanitarian crisis in the world. Over the last year the number of Iraqis requiring life-saving assistance has quadrupled to more than 8 million people, with 2.9 million forced from their homes since January 2014. But just as humanitarian assistance is needed most, resources are running out. Without an immediate injection of new funds humanitarian operations will be cut back or closed down. To urgently address the growing needs, the 2015 Humanitarian Response Plan for Iraq was launched on June 4 2015, targeting 5.6 million vulnerable Iraqis with essential, life-saving support over the next six months.

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A message from the Iraq Humanitarian Country Team

The humanitarian crisis in Iraq deserves more attention and more support than it is receiving. Millions of people are in trouble, struggling to cope with displacement and the horrors inflicted by combatants during one of the most brutal insurgencies in the world.

Millions more are likely to need help from the international community during the counter-offensive to reclaim Iraqi territory.

The Iraqi people have opened their homes, helping to protect and support families who have lost everything. The Iraqi Government has stepped forward, giving food, shelter, water, healthcare, education and cash to more than three million displaced persons.

Donors have generously supported the Iraqi operation, allowing UN agencies and non-governmental organizations to distribute life-saving assistance to people in accessible areas throughout the country.

Partners are now faced with a stark reality. The Government is no longer able to carry the full burden of supporting its displaced populations. Just when humanitarian partners are needed the most, they are out of money, forced to close programmes and terminate operations.
At a time when Iraq is on the brink and so much is at stake, international engagement needs to be rebalanced to include humanitarian assistance. Failure to do so will have catastrophic consequences in Iraq, the region, and beyond.


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