Since January 2014, Iraq has suffered from intense conflict and sectarian violence. More than 10 million people need immediate lifesaving assistance, including 4.7 million children.
Nationwide, the number of displaced people — half of them children — has risen to 3.3 million.
Displaced Iraqi children risk separation from their parents, injury from improvised explosive devices, and exploitation and child trafficking.
Since March 2016 — as the Iraqi government and militia forces geared up to wrest Fallujah (the capital of Anbar Governorate) from ISIL control—60,000 people were displaced and 50,000 civilians are unable to escape the siege of Fallujah. Many — including thousands of children — face acute shortages of food, water and medicine.
Across Iraq, UNICEF is providing essential services for children and families affected by conflict. These include rapid delivery of food and water, temporary schools, child protection and psychosocial support and healthcare (including polio and measles vaccinations).