The humanitarian situation in Iraq is largely a legacy of the 2014-2017 conflict with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) that resulted in millions of Iraqis displaced. Overall,
2.5 million people, including 1.1 million children, continue to need humanitarian assistance, including 960,000 people (422,400 children) with acute humanitarian needs.
The COVID-19 pandemic, coupled with protracted and multiple displacements, has adversely impacted the access to basic services.
UNICEF’s overall humanitarian strategy is to continue to support the remaining populations in humanitarian need while adopting longer-term durable solutions to meet the needs of children and families as they re-establish their lives in Iraq.
UNICEF is requesting US$52.2 million in 2022 (21 per cent less than in 2021) to meet the critical and acute humanitarian needs of vulnerable children and families affected by a combination of humanitarian situations, including protracted crisis due to conflict, political instability and the COVID-19 situation.