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50 Years of Ministry

Relief Efforts Begin in Iraq

All eyes were on Iraq in 2003 when U.S.-led forces removed Saddam Hussein from power. After the war ended, Samaritan’s Purse airlifted 16 tons of critical medical supplies to Al-Yarmouk Hospital in Baghdad. The laboratory equipment we shipped was the first the hospital had received in 10 years. We also provided food to a poor…

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Crisis & Disaster Response

Helping Mothers in Iraq Cope with COVID-19

Iraq—like many other countries—is fighting the spread of the deadly COVID-19 virus by implementing a nationwide lockdown. With citizens now confined to their homes, unemployment is soaring, leaving parents unsure how they will feed their families. Samaritan’s Purse has identified those in the most critical need in Erbil, Sinjar, and the Nineveh Plains, so that…

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Crisis & Disaster Response

Despite Challenges, Ministry Flourishes in Iraq

Even though ISIS was ousted from Iraq years ago, the effects of their reign of terror continue to be felt. Thousands of innocent citizens remain displaced and struggle to find adequate housing and ways to provide financially for their families. As tensions, insecurity, and occasional conflicts continue in the country, Samaritan’s Purse is present, seeking…

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Crisis & Disaster Response

Warm Coats Given to Syrian Refugees in Northern Iraq

Sabal* pulled a tissue out from his pocket and patted his eyes several times, trying to prevent more tears from slipping out. He paused, then took a breath, and was eventually able to continue on with his story of how his family escaped Syria two months ago after Turkey’s incursion along the border. Sabal, his…

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Crisis & Disaster Response

Samaritan’s Purse Offers Relief as Syrian Refugees Cross into Iraq

Samaritan’s Purse continues to help thousands of Syrian refugees who’ve recently crossed into Iraq. These desperate people–the majority of whom are women and children—are fleeing in the wake of Turkey’s early October invasion into northeastern Syria. Our disaster assistance response team (DART) is distributing relief—including water, blankets, and hygiene kits—to families in need at the…

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Crisis & Disaster Response

Samaritan’s Purse Continues to Serve Iraq’s Displaced Children

Thousands of people remain displaced in northern Iraq even now, five years after ISIS swept across the nation and forced people from their homes. Families are living in tents and their children have known nothing but war. Samaritan’s Purse is offering a reprieve to these children through child-friendly spaces (CFS) operating in four different displacement…

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Crisis & Disaster Response

Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep for the Displaced of Iraq

Women in the longstanding displacement camp outside of our Northern Iraq Community Center were forced from their homes by ISIS. As they continue to live in challenging accommodations more than four years after fleeing for their lives, many are finding special solace at a salon within the community center. Since Sarina* fled her home in…

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Construction Projects

Franklin Graham Meets with Iraqi Believers as Homes Are Restored

Franklin Graham recently traveled to the historic Christian town of Qaraqosh, Iraq, where he saw progress on Project Nehemiah, the Samaritan’s Purse initiative to rebuild the homes of persecuted believers. During this early November trip, he met with residents who, after years of displacement, have finally been able to return home thanks in part to…

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Children's Ministries

Creating Safe Spaces for Children in Iraq

The children in Iraq’s displacement camps on the Nineveh Plains have experienced more trauma in their young lives than many people will go through in their entire lifetime. “Many of them have seen their parents murdered in front of them,” said Jessica Langevin, Samaritan’s Purse children and family program manager in Iraq. “They’ve seen tanks…

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Crisis & Disaster Response

Rebuilding Continues for Persecuted Christians in Iraq

Anka lost her home and her husband at the same time four years ago. When ISIS invaded the Christian town of Qaraqosh, Iraq, in Aug. 2014, she chose to flee. Her husband Behnam stayed—at first—then tried to rejoin her days later but wound up being captured. Over the past few years, Anka has known little…

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