Photo: Lys Arango for Action Against Hunger, Iraq
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Human Development Index
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Our Team
118 employees
Program Start

People Helped in 2017: 361,337

People Reached by Nutrition and Health Programs 
People Reached by Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Programs 
People Reached by Food Security and Livelihoods Programs 

Today, Iraqi Kurdistan is facing two crises -- the influx of both Syrian refugees and Iraqi internally displaced persons (IDPs). 

After the recapture of Mosul and the territories occupied by Islamic State (IS) in December 2017, the Iraqi government officially announced an end to the war on IS. Humanitarians are now able to access new areas in the country, reaching previously inaccessible populations with aid. Following the failure of the independence referendum for Iraqi Kurdistan, general elections to elect a new President and Parliament – initially planned in the region for November 2017 – were pushed back by eight months. In 2017, population movements took place in multiple directions: 3.2 million people returned home, but 2.6 million were displaced.

We have continued to support Syrian refugees, internally displaced people, and host communities. Our teams employ a multisector approach, combining all our fields of expertise. Our food security and livelihoods programs distributed rations and food coupons, money transfers, and provided vocational training. Water, sanitation and hygiene interventions included an emergency response with tanker trucks in Mosul, installation of water points and networks, sanitation structures, and latrines, distribution of hygiene kits and awareness raising, and support for waste management.

Our mental health and infant care programs included emergency psychological support, women’s, men’s and children’s group sessions, individual follow-up, the establishment of baby spaces, and training for mental health professionals. Our nutrition and health interventions covered support for health centers and helping to set up community-level management for the treatment of undernutrition in Hammam al-Alil camp.