Bringing aid to remote regions of Iraq
In 2017 the Anbar province in western Iraq as well as Dohuk and Ninewa in northern Iraq (located in today's autonomous region of Kurdistan) were liberated from the so-called Islamic State (IS). Months after the military operations, the humanitarian situation in these regions has remained rather precarious. More than 6 million people are still in need of humanitarian aid according to the 2019 Humanitarian Response Plan.
Along with our partner organizations, the Dohuk Directorate of Health, Doctors Aid Medical Activities (DAMA) and Mercy Hands, we are working to meet the immediate humanitarian needs of the population.
Many displaced persons from the communities are unwilling to return. The region is still fraught with security problems, political and interreligious tensions, as well as a lack of infrastructure and services. Even when returnees come home, they will still need additional support to rebuild their lives. The communities need some degree of stabilization. Not only have their homes and health facilities been destroyed, many people have lost their livelihoods and many others have been traumatized by the horrors of the long years of violent conflict.
By providing the people with essential assistance, we hope to address their immediate humanitarian needs and help them reestablish themselves in their homelands.
Our medical care in Dohuk and Ninewa includes
- 24-hour basic medical care in three camps for displaced people, including a functioning referral service and distribution of medicines and medical consumables
- Vaccination and supplementary therapeutic food for malnourished children
- Two mobile clinics for services in informal settlements
Our aid for returnees in Anbar includes
- Legal counsel for victims of sexual abuse and those seeking help in property issues and documentation.
- Psychosocial support against trauma, especially for women and children
- Teacher training with an emphasis on dealing with children suffering trauma
- Promoting awareness of civil rights
Our Income generating measures for returning and remaining residents of Anbar;
- Training on greenhouse farming for the most vulnerable sections of the population
- Cash assistance to build up livelihoods
Our activities are carried out in close cooperation with our reliable and experienced partner organizations. In Dohuk and Ninewa we work with the local Directorate of Health and the Doctors Aid Medical Acitvities (DAMA), while the NGO Mercy Hands partners with us in Anbar.
Area: 437,072 km²
Population: approx. 33.4 million
Duration: August 2018 - October 2020
Partners: Directorate of Health Dohuk, Doctors Aid Medical Acitvities (DAMA), Mercy Hands
This project is financially supported by donations and grants from the German Foreign Office (Auswärtiges Amt).
Last update: April 2019