Number of people served in 2020: 27,426
JRS Iraq works towards improving conditions for refugees and other displaced people due to an ongoing, widespread issue of human displacement in Iraq since the 1960’s. Currently, 1 out of every 10 Iraqis is internally displaced. Under the Ba’athist regime, many Iraqis, particularly those from Kurdistan were displaced. The Ba’athist regime, the 2003 invasion of Iraq by U.S. military forces, and the rise of ISIS has displaced thousands. At the end of 2017, some 2.6 million people were displaced inside Iraq.
Our work in Iraq
JRS Iraq operates two community centers in Duhok for displaced Yazidi people. In addition to providing home visits, educational support, and livelihood training, JRS staff provide psychosocial care to the IDPs and refugees in the area, many of whom have serious mental health issues. In the Ankara and Ozal community centers near Erbil, JRS Iraq provides IDPs with art and recreation activities, formal and informal education, psychosocial care and support, and vocational skills training.