Since 2014, the situation in Iraq has been very unstable. The so-called Islamic State began the occupation of the key towns and cities in the northern part of the country (e.g. Mosul). Constant threat and the ongoing conflict have resulted in more than one million Iraqis were in a desperate need of humanitarian aid. The main problem is providing the bare necessities, such as clean water, food, shelter and hygiene kits. Internal migrants searching for safe living conditions take with them only the most essential items, and they have problems finding safe drinking water or adequate food supplies.
WHAT DOES THE POLISH HUMANITARIAN ACTION DO?
In Iraq, the Polish Humanitarian Action carried out a range of activities as early as 2003-2007 – at a time when the situation was very unstable following the fall of the regime. In our work we focused on providing access to safe drinking water and education: we rebuilt schools and repaired water-and-sanitary facilities.
We returned to Iraq at the end of 2016 in response to the plight of the civilian population caused by the fighting in Mosul. We immediately began to provide humanitarian aid to the residents of the city – we supplied food baskets, hygiene kits, and water. First and foremost, our activities involve immediate humanitarian response.
In Kurdistan, our Emergency Response Team is operating supporting the most needed people with necessary aid. We distribute financial grants to the neediest. We also provide legal support, we run entrepreneurial training programs and we provide subsidies and micro-business development funding.