IRAQ

Once known, as Mesopotamia, Iraq was the site of flourishing ancient civilizations, including the Sumerian, Babylonian, and Parthian cultures. In July 1979, Saddam Hussein, already a key figure in the Ba’ath party and the RCC, assumed the two offices of President and RCC Chairman. The Iran-Iraq war (1980-88) devastated the economy of Iraq. Iraq declared victory over Iran in 1988 but actually achieved only a weary return to the pre-war status quo. The war left Iraq with the largest military establishment in the Gulf region and with huge debts. Iraq invaded Kuwait in August 1990, but a U.S.-led coalition acting under United Nations (UN) resolutions expelled Iraq in February 1991. In March 2003, a U.S.-led coalition invaded Iraq and removed the Ba'ath regime, leading to the overthrow of the dictator Saddam Hussein. On June 28, 2004, the Coalition Provisional Authority transferred sovereign authority for governing Iraq to the Iraqi Interim Government (IIG). In a national referendum in October 2005, Iraqis approved a constitution and elected a 275 member Council of Representatives. In October 2011, President Obama announced the full withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq by year’s end pursuant to the Security Agreement. U.S. Forces-Iraq completed the withdrawal by mid December 2011. In April 2014 the Council of Representatives was expanded to 328 legislators. Iraq has been engaged in military operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) since 2014 to recapture the territory lost in the northern and western parts of the country. In response to the humanitarian crisis in the aftermath of the 1991 Gulf War, Life for Relief and Development began providing humanitarian assistance to poor and needy Iraqis. The initial emphasis early on was to provide food, clothing, shelter, and other essential items. Life has expanded its operations into other sectors of the Iraqi society, such as education, healthcare, water and sanitation. Life has distributed tens of millions of dollars worth of humanitarian assistance in this war-torn country over the past 25 years. Life’s activities in Iraq include constructing a network of healthcare clinics, providing assistance to orphans across the country, distribution of wheelchairs to the handicapped and medical supplies to clinics and hospitals and so much more. Life’s deep humanitarian roots in Iraq, combined with its unique ability to operate in every corner of the country, have earned the trust and support of international partners and donors worldwide. Despite the risks, Life’s staff of professionals in Iraq has bravely continued their important work of blind charity in all corners of the country.

CAMPAIGNS IN THIS AREA

Orphan Sponsorship

The need for orphan sponsorship has increased tremendously within the last decade. The influx of war has caused many to flee their homes and become displaced, affecting children the most. We have regional offices in all the countries that we sponsor Orphans in.

Education

This year, you can make a difference by helping us to provide needy children with school uniforms, shoes, socks, underwear and backpacks filled with stationary, pens, pencils and crayons.

Health

Life is aware of the present and looming threats to human health and safety in developing countries. We work around the clock to actively distribute medicine, medical supplies, and medical equipment, as well as build and renovate clinics and hospitals.

Water Filtration

Access to clean water should be a right of all individuals. The water cooler/filtration installation project at Life gives access to clean water mainly for school children.

Emergency Relief

The need for orphan sponsorship has increased tremendously within the last decade. The influx of war has caused many to flee their homes and become displaced, affecting children the most. We have regional offices in all the countries that we sponsor Orphans in.

Refugee Assistance

Life identifies displaced people and refugees needs for food, water, health care, housing, education and protection from harm and works to help provide for their needs as they transition to life in their new surroundings.

Udhiyah/Qurbani

For many families in Muslim countries like Palestine, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Afghanistan, meat is considered a luxury item out of their reach.  During this holiday season, one of the most important acts of worship is the sacrifice of a sheep, goat or cow as an Udhiyah/Qurbani.

Ramadan

Every year, Life distributes Ramadan Food Baskets in over 23 countries and also hosts Iftar meals in Masjid Al-Aqsa in Jerusalem, villages in Africa and to communities in the USA. 

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