Iraq: Kurdistan internal displacement crisis

Clown show for children at Khanke camp in Dohuk, Iraqi Kurdistan
SOS Children’s Villages organised a clown show for children living at the Khanke camp. Many of the children lost relatives and experienced extreme violence during attacks on their communities. Photographer: Katharina Ebel

Violence has displaced an estimated 3.6 million people in Iraq. In the northern Dohuk region alone, 400,000 people have fled their homes because of conflict, many of them from ethnic communities targeted by Islamic State militants.

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The SOS Children’s Villages emergency programme was launched in 2016 with the initial goal of helping ethnic Yazidis, thousands of whom were driven from their homes in Sinjar mountain communities during Islamic State attacks that began in August 2014. A United Nations report concluded that these attacks amounted to genocide. Many of these communities are in ruins.
 
Today, around 17,000 ethnic Yazidis are living at the Khanke camp for internally displaced people in Dohuk.

Our response

The SOS Children’s Villages emergency response provides support for an estimated 4,000 children and parents in and around the Khanke displacement camp, including:
 
Mental health and trauma support
Livelihood assistance
Rights advocacy for children and parents











See how we work to help traumatised chidren and families in Dohuk: