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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

‘We just came from the dead’ – families describe their escape from Mosul as the number fleeing triples

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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 south and east of Mosul. We are providing clean water to camps and communities in the Qayarrat area south of Mosul. We urgently need donations to scale up our emergency response as more families flee Mosul. We have been supporting families who have fled ISIS and the military operations against them in Iraq since 2014.

Oxfam is working in more than 50 villages and towns across the Diyala governorate of Iraq in areas that remain in dispute between the Kurdistan regional government and the federal Iraqi government. As the frontline with Islamic State continues to move Oxfam is expanding operations to include newly accessible areas, where families have begun returning to their communities to rebuild their homes, restart livelihoods and recover from the trauma of conflict.

In Diyala we have a dedicated team and in Kirkuk we are working with local organisation REACH to respond to new emergencies, additional displacement and returnee movement. Oxfam's help includes water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, emergency food security and vulnerable livelihoods combined with gender programming and policy and advocacy work.

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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