How You Can Help

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) is working to provide desperately needed humanitarian aid to the tens of thousands of innocent children, women, and men displaced by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) assault on Sinjar and surrounding areas of northern Iraq.

USAID is deploying humanitarian response experts to key locations in the region to help manage and coordinate U.S. Government support of the government of Iraq’s humanitarian aid effort for those displaced by ISIL.

Below are links to organizations through which specific relief and charitable organizations working on the crisis in Northern Iraq may be identified as relief operations evolve. Typing “Iraq” or “Northern Iraq” into the search engines may yield initial results, that will expand as more organizations are set up to serve people affected by this crisis.

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Organizations listed on the resources above are experienced and have been fully vetted. Donors who would like to know more about NGOs they are considering for support may find detailed financial and programmatic information at,,, and the Better Business Bureau,

Key Developments

As a result of fighting between ISIL and Peshmerga forces in Sinjar, Ninewa Governorate, tens of thousands of Iraqi Yezidis were forced from their homes and urgently need life-saving assistance.  While the situation remains fluid and numbers cannot be independently verified, thousands of people, including many women, children and the elderly, remain trapped on Sinjar Mountain.  At the same time, from August 4-8 nearly 200,000 people have fled Dahuk Governorate or disputed border areas inside Ninewa Governorate.  Thousands more reportedly fled across the border into Syria and crossed back into Iraq’s Kurdistan region.

At the request of the government of Iraq and to help meet urgent needs of those who cannot be reached by humanitarian organizations, the U.S. military—in close coordination with USAID—August 7 began airdropping life-saving food rations and water to the large community of Iraqi Yezidis trapped by ISIL on Mount Sinjar.

USAID remains committed to the people of Iraq and supporting the Government of Iraq’s efforts to meet the critical humanitarian needs of its people.



UN Numbers:  Iraq conflict since January 2014

·         1.5 million affected people

·         1.2 million internally displaced (estimated)

·         1 million targeted for assistance

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More Information

A Message from President Obama about the Crisis in Iraq:

Additional background info can be found on USAID/OFDA’s Iraq press release at:
USAID Iraq Press Release


USAID CIDI: USAID created the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) in 1988 one month after Hurricane Gilbert made landfall as a Category 5 storm that affected 10 countries. An outpouring of unsolicited donations took up space needed to stage and deliver life-saving relief supplies, and USAID and other responders spent valuable time managing unneeded clothing, expired medicine, and other non-critical items. USAID established the Center to educate the public about the advantages of giving monetary donations to relief organizations and the downside of donating unsolicited material goods.

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