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Seven years after the conclusion of large-scale military operations against the so-called Islamic State in 2017, the humanitarian situation in Iraq has improved considerably, with the notable decline in the number of people requiring humanitarian assistance from a high of 11 million people in 2017 to 2.5 million in 2022. 

Since 2014 Malteser International has been seeking to serve and empower people affected by the ISIS insurgency in Iraq. Together with local partner organizations and thanks to the support of institutional and private donors, we have carried out humanitarian relief and transitional aid activities and successfully contributed to rebuild the region. In light of the transition from an acute humanitarian crisis to a protracted one, Malteser International in Iraq is also downsizing its program. 

Support the people in Iraq with your donation!

We will continue to coordinate with local authorities including the DNGO in Baghdad and Erbil and will further actively participate in coordination meetings like the German NGO Forum to advocate and lobby for the remaining people in need.

Are you interested in working with us? Please feel free to contact us!


Shanti Chirayath



Reports from Iraq:

Bright home, brighter future - Wafaa's Story

Wafaa, divorced mother of two, faced the challenge of providing for her family alone. A candle-making workshop empowered her with handicraft and business skills.

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"Being different does not mean you are enemies"

Tharaa A. Simaan, Monitoring and Evaluation Assistant for the Ninewa Return Program, speaks about social cohesion in the diverse, post-ISIS Nineveh Plains.

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"Education will shape the future of our children"

During the IS rule in Iraq, Ahmad fled with his family. Since their return, he has been helping to rebuild the village elementary school for his daughter.

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"Working for peace between communities is what drives me"

#WomenHumanitarians: Sarah, former lecturer, is committed to promoting peace between ethnic and religious groups in the Nineveh Plains.

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"People had a perfectly normal life before the war"

#WomenHumanitarians: Eva leads our reconstructions in Ninewa. She talks about her work to offer people a hopeful future.

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Our work in Iraq

Locations: Erbil, Baghdad and Talafar


Shanti Chirayath

+49 (0)221 9822-7255

email: shanti.chirayath(at)malteser-international.org

Photo credit donation samples: Malteser International (1+3), Emily Kinskey/Malteser International (2)

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