Daesh’s campaign of terror in Iraq has displaced more than 2.8 million people, causing a humanitarian emergency.

The latest information from the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq highlights the magnitude of the crisis:

(OCHA/Iason Athanasiadis)
  • U.S. officials have expressed extreme concern about the humanitarian situation in Iraq. The latest displacement of people from Ramadi contributes to one of the worst and most complex humanitarian crises in the world today.
  • Atrocities like the torture and murder of children in terrorist-held areas encourage civilians to flee and deepen the humanitarian crisis.
  • Since October 2014, the United States has provided more than $407 million in humanitarian aid to Iraqis in the region, and it continues to encourage other countries to contribute to U.N. humanitarian appeals for Iraq aid.

The United States also is the single largest donor of humanitarian assistance to people affected by the crisis in Syria. Since March 2011, U.S. humanitarian aid for the Syrian crisis exceeds $3.5 billion.

You can help by supporting organizations like the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, both of which offer valuable assistance to Iraqis and Syrians in need.