In Iraq, Humanity & Inclusion continues to run programs under the operating name "Handicap International."
Humanity & Inclusion in Iraq
Our team has operated in Iraqi Kurdistan since 1991, focusing efforts on emergency response initiatives, rehabilitation, and support for Organizations for People with Disabilities (OPDs or DPOs).
Iraqi Kurdistan is largely populated by ethnic Kurds who have sought independence from Iraq for decades. Kurdish rebellions in 1988 and 1991 were brutally suppressed by Saddam Hussein. Following the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, a Kurdish semi-autonomous government was formalized.
According to UNHCR, as of December 2018, Iraq hosts nearly 3.1 million displaced Iraqis, making living conditions extremely precarious. Another 260,000 Iraqis are displaced in other regions, in addition to more than 283,000 Syrian refugees currently in the country.
Our Current Work
In addition to addressing the issues that emerged from the fall of Mosul in June 2014, Humanity & Inclusion employs a team of 140 national staff and 25 expatriates in Iraq who work diligently to:
- Respond to emergencies deriving from the Syrian/Iraqi crisis
- Provide rehabilitation services
- Support Organizations for People with Disabilities
- Clear landmines
- Facilitate risk education
Emergency Response: Syrian/Iraqi Crisis
In partnership with the Danish Refugee Council, this project aims to improve access to camp facilitates and the inclusion of people with disabilities in humanitarian relief efforts.
Our team works to effectively:
- Identify needs
- Assess and refer the most vulnerable refugees
- Create income-generating opportunities
- Raise awareness
- Ensure facilities are physically accessible
Humanity & inclusion also works to provide services to internally displaced persons in Iraq, including rehabilitation, and education sessions on the risks posed by unexploded remnants of war.
Fixed and mobile disability teams provide injured and disabled refugees and displaced people with physical therapy, mobility devices, orthoses and prostheses, and psychosocial support.
Support to Organizations for People with Disabilities
Humanity & Inclusion facilitates collaboration between Syrian and Iraqi DPOs and activists in order to ensure all parties are able to play a role in an inclusive democratic transition to the greatest extent possible.
This project includes professional training and other capacity building activities, as well as micro-financing opportunities.
In Iraq, explosive remnants of war pollute the land. Our teams have intervened to make contaminated ground safe to help displaced people return to their villages.
Risk education teams visit displaced people in camps and urban areas to educate them about the dangers posed by explosive remnants of war.