This appeal was in response to the crisis in the north of Iraq caused by the simultaneous conflicts in Syria and the rise of the militant group that calls itself Islamic State (IS) resulting in the persecution of tens of thousands of Christians and other minorities.
In June 2014, armed groups of IS took over large areas of land in the north and west of Iraq from the Iraqi central government’s control. Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, was quickly overrun, with little resistance put up by the Iraqi national army.
In early August 2014, this drove large numbers of Christians and Muslim Shiites who did not accept IS from their homes in Mosul and surrounding areas of the conflict. They fled to the relative safety of the Kurdish-controlled section of the Nineveh plain to the east and north of the Mosul region of Iraq, and further on into the Kurdish Region.
This conflict continues, and Iraq now has one of the largest populations of internally displaced people (IDPs) in the world – more than 3.2 million people.
Our Northern Iraq Crisis Appeal raised more than $200,000, which was directed to our ACT Alliance partners, Christian Aid and Lutheran World Federation, working on the ground in Northern Iraq to support displaced people in urgent need of help.
Assistance has been provided to hundreds of thousands of Iraqi families who have been displaced by the conflict. This includes: food (such as rice, beans and lentils); hygiene kits; blankets, mattresses, pillows and cooking sets; clothing, particularly as winter sets in; shelter; digging of fresh-water wells; professional psychological counselling and support; and practical assistance to the disabled.
The situation is constantly changing. You can find out the latest information about the situation at the UN's Iraq emergency website.