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The ICRC in Iraq

The ICRC has been in Iraq since 1980, addressing the consequences of violence and conflict. It visits detainees and enables them to maintain contact with their families, helps vulnerable groups, improves access to water and health care and supports the authorities’ efforts to clarify the fate of people missing from earlier conflicts.

With the recent wave of fighting leading to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people, the ICRC works to alleviate their suffering by providing food and essential household items, as well as by improving the availability of water and health care.

Facts and Figures

In 2013, the ICRC:

  • visited almost 40,000 people in over 70 places of detention. The ICRC monitor the  conditions of detention and treatment of detainees;
  • distributed food to more than 10,000 people in need and provided other basic household necessities to over 22,000 people;
  • assisted 23,000 farmers in the violence-prone areas with seeds, fertilizers, tools, drip irrigation systems, and greenhouses;
  • supported some 34,000 people in the most vulnerable places through rehabilitation of irrigation canals and cash-for-work services;
  • distributed food and essential household items to 9,000 Syrian refugees;
  • provided nearly 700,000 people in the most remote areas prone to violence with clean potable water;
  • provided nearly 33,000 patients with physical rehabilitation materials and services in ten ICRC-supported and one ICRC-operated physical rehabilitation centres.

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