Crisis in Iraq

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The crisis

Latest update: August 13, 2014

The offensive by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has resulted in the displacement of 1.2 million people in central and northern Iraq since January. A number of Iraqi minorities are among the internally displaced, including Christians and Yazidis who have been systematically driven from their towns and villages by the jihadist. At this point, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) estimates that roughly 1.5 million Iraqis need urgent humanitarian aid. However, ongoing violence and the weakness of the Iraqi regime has hindered the organization of the relief effort, the delivery of supplies, and the work of humanitarian assistance agencies.

Development and Peace and its partners respond

Despite continuing hostilities, Caritas Iraq and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) have begun distributing relief and other basic supplies to 3500 families in the country and expect to be able to help more than 30,000 additional families over the next six months.

Other Caritas organizations in the region are also mobilizing in response to the rising tide of Iraqi refugees moving towards their borders.

Development and Peace has sent an initial amount of $50,000 from its standing emergency fund to support its partners working in the region. These funds as well as public donations received will be used to respond to the priorities identified by our partners on the ground and to deal with the restrictions on their ability to intervene caused by the ongoing violence and unsettled situation in the north of the country.

Development and Peace, which has worked with Caritas Iraq and with other local organizations throughout the Middle East for the last 14 years, will continue to support peace-building activities throughout the region and to promote good governance, citizen participation and harmonious relations between various religious groups, while defending the human rights of citizens all too often caught in the middle between warring factions.

News
August 31, 2015

I was recently in Iraq for Development and Peace to participate in a meeting of various Caritas members that are supporting Iraqis who have been displaced by violence caused by the group calling itself the Islamic State (ISIS).

June 23, 2015

On May 9th, I entered into the beautifully decorated church hall of All Saints Parish in Coquitlam, B.C., where a sold out benefit dinner gathering over 200 Iraqi-Canadians and Catholics from across Vancouver was about to take place.  Since the fall, a dedicated group of local Iraqis along with the Knights of Columbus worked diligently to organize this event aimed at bringing awareness abo

March 24, 2015

We recently sent a member of our Communications Team to the Iraqi Kurdistan region to monitor the progress of our humanitarian projects in that country. This is the first in a series of articles that will be published over the coming weeks.

January 21, 2015

It’s Monday morning in Erbil. It’s 6 a.m. and the sun still hasn’t come up. Santa Lucia Church is situated just across from the hotel where I’m staying. From my window, I can count about 40 tents, placed closely together, one glued to the other.

January 9, 2015

Development and Peace has received an additional $2.4 million from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) Canada to continue its humanitarian response in Northern Iraq, where there are currently over 500,000 people who have been displaced from their homes due to violent conflict.

September 15, 2014

Yesterday Caritas Internationalis began a three-day meeting in Rome on issues regarding the crisis in the Middle East, with Development and Peace very much involved.

August 29, 2014

Thanks to a $1 million contribution from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada, Development and Peace is pleased to announce its support to displaced Iraqis in collaboration with Caritas Iraq and Catholic Relief Services.

July 11, 2014

The recent offensive that was launched by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) throughout Iraq has caused the displacement of 1.2 million Iraqis, who are trying to escape violence and terror. Following attacks and retaliation by other groups, the situation is evolving by the day.