HI works in Iraq by providing rehabilitation care and psychosocial support, conducting demining operations and running explosive remnants of war risk awareness raising sessions.
Children in the internally displaced camp of Khazir. | © Camille Borie / HI
HI assists victims of the conflict through rehabilitation and psychosocial care and supports health centers with the provision of equipment and assistive devices, training of physiotherapists and awareness on people with disabilities. The association also support the access to external services taking in charge transportation, for example.
HI raises civilians’ 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 organizations and local authorities to ensure that the special needs of people with disabilities and vulnerable people are taken into account in the humanitarian response.
Iraq has suffered from a succession of wars, terrorist attacks and political crises over the last 40 years. Civilians were 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. A string of terrorist attacks and political crises ensued and between 2003 and 2012, 250,000 civilians were affected by armed violence. Another armed conflict between Iraq and its allies and the Islamic State Movement began in 2013 and ended in December 2017.
Iraq is considered to be one of the countries in the world the most severely contaminated by mines and explosive remnants of war.
Number of HI staff members: 148 people
Program launch date: 1991