The devastating impacts of war in Iraq are still being felt by children and their families across the country.
Conflict has caused mass displacement in Iraq, with over 1 million Iraqis - over half of which are children – currently displaced across the country. Despite the official end of the conflict with the Islamic State (IS), persistent economic, political and security challenges remain for Iraqi children and their families.
With the recent surge of camp closures by the government, many families are now being forced to leave the homes they had built to return to their areas of origin, many of which have been completely destroyed and lack adequate access to basic services. Millions more children live in communities devastated by conflict, though not displaced, and are left out of the humanitarian response entirely. With lack of a safe shelter and little support being provided by the government, these families are being placed at even greater risk.
More than 3 million children are currently out of school and many schools are in desperate need of rehabilitation. The devastating effects of the conflict have also caused serious damage to the mental health of Iraqi children and their families. Less than 10% of all Iraqi children have access to pre-primary education, with the percentage even lower in conflict-affected communities.