HI works in Iraq to support displaced Iraqis and by providing rehabilitation care and psychosocial support, conducting demining operations, and running explosive remnants of war risk awareness raising sessions.
Children in Khazir camp, Iraq - Humanity & Inclusion | © Camille Borie / Handicap International
HI works with displaced Iraqis. People with disabilities and vulnerable people are managed by rehabilitation teams integrated into local health structures or by mobile teams. Depending on their needs, they are provided with rehabilitation care or referred and transported, if necessary, to the organisations offering the services they require. HI also provides patients with mobility aids (crutches, walking frames, wheelchairs etc.). Disability and vulnerability focal points ensure the most vulnerable have access to humanitarian aid, notably by mapping existing services.
HI continues to raise the civilian population’s awareness of the dangers of explosive remnants of war and improvised explosive devices. The organisation has demined zones contaminated with explosive devices in Ninewa, Diyala, Kirkuk and Anbar.
HI also supports other humanitarian organisations and local authorities to ensure that the special needs of people with disabilities and vulnerable people are taken into account in the humanitarian response.
At the end of 2016, the organisation launched a specific intervention to support displaced persons fleeing fighting around the city of Mosul, providing rehabilitation care, psychosocial support, and risk education. Since 2014, over 300,000 people have benefited from HI's actions in Iraq. Over one-third of these people have a disability.
Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, HI has continued to help the world’s most vulnerable people. We have adapted our interventions in more than 45 countries.
Iraq has suffered from a succession of wars, terrorist attacks and political crises over the last 35 years. Civilians are the main victims.
Since 1979 when Saddam Hussein took power, Iraq has been through three murderous wars, a series of bloody repressions including those of the Kurds and Shi'ites, and a trade embargo lasting over ten years. In April 2003, a coalition led by the United States and the United Kingdom toppled Saddam Hussein's regime. This third Gulf War ended on the 1st May 2003, but a string of terrorist attacks and political crises ensued. Between March 2003 and January 2012, 250,000 civilians were affected by armed violence. Iraq is considered to be one of the countries in the world the most severely contaminated by mines and explosive remnants of war. According to the United Nations, over 1.4 million people are still displaced and over 4 million are in need of humanitarian aid.
Date the programme opened: 1992
Number of HI staff members: 256 people