Iraq Children

About Iraq

Iraq remains among the humanitarian emergencies in the world. Children continue to suffer from the psychological trauma of war and conflict, and access to education and development opportunities has been severely constrained. In the south of the country, including Basra, the situation is more acute. In particular, access to fresh water remains a key issue due to the use of a high levels of salt water in the fresh water supply in Basra. Making things worse for children living in makeshift shelters, temperatures can reach 140 degrees during the summer and freezing in the winter.

Facts About

More than 37 Million
live there

Girls only stay in school an average of 10 years

34 out of 1000 children die
before their 5th birthday

A parent earns an average
of just $18 a day

Our Work

Save the Children has distributed hygiene kits, jerry cans, shelter kits and biscuit packs in some of the worst affected areas. Aid agencies are working around the clock to cope with the rapid displacement in northern Iraq as tens of thousands of people flee from fighting. Save the Children volunteers hold community meetings with parents of those children who are attending the safe spaces in an effort to encourage the parents to play a role and be involved in child protection activities.

Read a families nightmare, as they are forced to flee from the raging conflict in Iraq.

Our Work in

Last Year, Save the Children...

protected 5,975
from harm

supported 53,827
in times of crisis

provided 97,361 children
with a healthy start in life

helped 227 families
feed their children

Unless otherwise noted, facts and statistics have been sourced from Save the Children’s 2015 State of the World’s Mothers report. You can access detailed data here.

Other sources as follows: Population and Life Expectancy: CIA World Factbook 2015; Human Development Rank: United Nations Development Programe 2015; Underweight Children: World Health Organization Report 2015

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