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Iraq

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 Khazir camp, Iraq - Humanity & Inclusion

Children in Khazir camp, Iraq - Humanity & Inclusion | © Camille Borie / Handicap International

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HI assist victims of the conflict through rehabilitation and psychosocial care and supports health centres support to health centres 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 organisations and local authorities to ensure that the special needs of people with disabilities and vulnerable people are taken into account in the humanitarian response. 

Latest stories

Proud to clear lands for communities
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Proud to clear lands for communities

Mawj Maad JarAllah joined the HI clearance team in Salah al Din, Iraq, last April. She tells us her motivation:

The power of small drones in humanitarian demining
© J.Fardoulis / HI
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The power of small drones in humanitarian demining

On the 22nd and 23rd June 2023, Humanity & Inclusion attended the International Meeting of Mine Action National Directors and United Nations Advisers in Geneva.

1.8 million square metres of land cleared in Iraq by HI since 2016
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1.8 million square metres of land cleared in Iraq by HI since 2016

Humanity & Inclusion has been conducting land release operations in Iraq since 2016. Clearance is currently underway in Kirkuk.

Background

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.  

Date the programme opened: 1991 

Number of HI staff members: 148 people 

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