While fighting has ceased following the defeat of the Islamic State (IS), some eight million people are in need of urgent assistance. Over five million children are exposed to rights violations - including forced recruitment to armed groups.
In 2018, two regional health projects in Dohuk and Nineveh provided 26,000 people with access to medical services. In the town of Bashiqa, 5,000 people received food vouchers contributing to short-term food security. To boost livelihoods for the long-term we built home and poultry gardens and community greenhouses across Iraq.
A new Back to School campaign in Sinjar and Wana, designed to address the high percentage of out-of-school youth, undertook creative workshops with children and parents. A comic book on child rights - designed by the children themselves - was a particular highlight. In Wana, enrolment increased by 50% - from 280 children in 2017 to 420 children in 2018.