The International Committee of the Red Cross is carrying out a major distribution of food and other essential items to more than 64,000 people in West Mosul. This is not only the first such distribution of its kind since the western part of the city was recaptured by the authorities on July 10, but the first major delivery of aid to the area since Mosul was cut off from the world in 2014.Read More
Throughout the Habitat III conference, the ICRC has been working to ensure that the New Urban Agenda (NUA) properly acknowledges the links between armed conflict, urban violence and urban development, and that commitments are made to ensure more resilient essential services and support for communities living amidst such violence. Thousands of miles away, tanks roll on Mosul as militaries operations attempt to liberate the city. The ICRC main concerns are for the civilians trapped in the city.Read More
Humanitarian concerns in Iraq – particularly those of an estimated 3.3 million people who are internally displaced – are being overshadowed by military, security and stabilization objectives.
As Iraqi and coalition forces prepare their offensive to take back Iraq’s second largest city of Mosul from the Islamic State group, we at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) are growing increasingly worried about the humanitarian crisis affecting those who have fled earlier battles, and the looming crisis that awaits the residents of Mosul and the surrounding area.Read More
On July 20, 2016, the United States joins with Canada, Germany and Japan to co-host a Pledging Conference in Washington, DC, in support of humanitarian needs in Iraq. Real, concrete solutions for Iraq will depend on how the international community and concerned parties address humanitarian needs, and, above all, ensure Iraqis’ well-being and protection now and in the longer term.Read More
ICRC President Peter Maurer said that suffering in Syria and Iraq has reached 'unprecedented levels' and called on those people with influence over the conflict to show vision, courage, and a respect of human dignity.Read More
In February, Spanish-American photojournalist Moises Saman joined the ICRC team in Iraq and traveled through Anbar and Salahaddin provinces. Explore people and ruins after having fled the violence, and what was found in its wake.
"In my opinion, the Iraqi people have stopped believing that things will get better. And I understand why."Read More
In the Iraqi city of Fallujah, the ICRC has serious concerns about the well-being and safety of civilians still trapped in and around the city. Tens of thousands of men, women, children and elderly remain stuck inside the town – the largest in Anbar province – have already had very limited access to food, water and basic healthcare for the past two years.Read More
In the newest edition of our In Conversation series, we interview the outgoing ICRC Head of Delegation in Iraq, Patrick Youssef, about how the country has changed during his time there, his experience working with non-state armed groups, and what drives him as a person to do this work.Read More