Iraq: Sharp increase in humanitarian needs

11 May 2015

Benefiting from a respite in the fighting, Salfig Marah and his wife Fatima have just returned to Rabiah, a small town located on the border with Syria. Almost all of its 24,000 inhabitants fled the town when intense fighting broke out in August 2014. Since then and all over Iraq, humanitarian needs have increased sharply. The ICRC is calling upon its donors to provide an additional 38.5 million dollars to step up its current operations, bringing the total funding it requires for 2015 to 122 million, making Iraq its second largest operation in the world, after Syria.