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Iraq crisis

Over 3.4 million people have fled their homes as a result of fighting in central and northern Iraq and over ten million people are in need of humanitarian aid due to the ongoing crisis. Both families that have fled their homes and those that have returned home remain in desperate need of food, shelter, medicine and water.

Oxfam aims to reach around 260,000 people with lifesaving assistance.

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Sam Tarling

Nisr Amr, sits with his son in the ruins of his father's house in the village of Imam Gharbi, south of Mosul, Iraq. The house was destroyed by Islamic State, when they took control of the village in 2014. The army re-took the village in August.

Oxfam's Iraq Country Representative Andres Gonzalez Rodriguez says:


Our priority is to be ready to assist with crucial aid and try to be ahead of the situation by ensuring we are in the right place to deliver timely assistance to the most vulnerable conflict-affected populations.

The situation

Hundreds of thousands of civilians risk being caught in crossfire as the offensive to retake Mosul and surrounding areas from ISIS intensifies. Military operations along the Mosul Corridor have already displaced almost 150,000 people since March 2016. In recent days, fighting in Hawija has forced families to flee to several areas including Dibaga camp where Oxfam is providing clean water.

Families face a terrible choice between staying in ISIS-controlled areas where many have reportedly suffered extreme violence and food shortages, or risk explosive devices and bullets to escape the fighting.

More than 10 million people - half of them children - are in need of humanitarian assistance in Iraq, and 3.4 million people have been displaced by conflict

Latest from Oxfam in Iraq

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Future of 1.2 million civilians in Mosul hangs in the balance, aid agencies warn

As foreign ministers prepare to discuss the Mosul offensive in Paris today, Oxfam along with Save the Children, the International Rescue Committee and the Norwegian Refugee Council have released this statement: 

Civilians risk getting caught in crossfire as Mosul offensive intensifies

Hundreds of thousands of civilians risk being caught in crossfire as the offensive to retake Mosul and surrounding areas from ISIS intensifies, Oxfam said today.

Oxfam in Iraq

Oxfam is providing clean water, blankets and other vital aid

to families who have fled ISIS-held areas in both camps and host communities. This includes installing water tanks and maintaining toilet blocks in Hassansham camp east of Mosul, and rehabilitating water pumping stations in the Qayarrah area south of Mosul to supply more than 20,000 people. We are also distributing blankets, hygiene kits, solar lamps and other vital aid. We are also hoping to start working in areas very close to Mosul that have been recaptured in the last few weeks.

Oxfam has also been supporting families who have fled conflict in 50 villages and towns across Diyala and Kirkuk governorates since 2014. We are providing safe water in camps and in communities where people who have fled the fighting are sheltering, and enabling people to earn a living so that they can support their families. For instance, we found more than 100 people living together in a derelict barn without clean water. Oxfam has been helping families like these before they are able to return home, or when they do and will continue to do so.

We are aiming to help at least 60,000 people in the Mosul area. 

Oxfam is calling on all sides in the conflict to provide genuinely safe escape routes so civilians can flee the fighting. All the armed forces must avoid the use of heavy explosive weapons in populated areas and do everything possible to protect civilians, whether they are staying in Mosul or fleeing the city.  All those fleeing violence should be treated fairly without bias on the basis of tribal, ethnic, religious or political identity.

You can help:

Donate to Oxfam's response in Iraq   

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