InterAction members respond to those affected by the crisis in Iraq

from InterAction
Published on 19 Mar 2003
The humanitarian situation in Iraq has deteriorated substantially in the years since the 1991 Gulf War. International sanctions against the Iraqi regime have led to the collapse of the economy and over half of the country's population is now totally dependent on food rations distributed by the government under the UN Oil-for-Food program. As the possibility of another war draws closer, humanitarian agencies are preparing for the human cost of conflict, yet difficulties in obtaining access for assessment missions and preparedness activities and lack of funding have hampered and delayed these efforts.
Two million people may be internally displaced, leaving them in search of food and shelter, adding to the 1 million people who are already without homes. Refugees--as many as 1.5 million--could flee to neighboring nations. In the event of war, ten million Iraqis or 40% of the population may need immediate food aid. Some 5.2 million of those who may need immediate food aid are children younger than five or childbearing women or infant care. The potential costs of humanitarian assistance for just the first six months are likely to run as high as $800 million. The agencies listed below are planning to respond to the crisis either directly or through affiliated organizations. They will be providing assistance in Iraq or to Iraqi refugees in neighboring countries.

Visit our web site for an updated list of agencies responding, as well as detailed information on their activities:

InterAction has also developed guidelines on the most appropriate ways to help those affected by overseas disasters:

InterAction is a coalition of more than 160 US-based private relief, international development and refugee assistance organizations. InterAction members have agreed to abide by a set of standards to ensure accountability to donors, professional competence and quality of service.

Action Against Hunger
247 West 37th Street
Suite 1201
New York, NY 10018

Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International
Iraq Crisis Fund
12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904
800-424-ADRA (2372)

Air Serv International
6583 Merchant Place
Suite 100
Warrenton, VA 20187

American Friends Service Committee
AFSC Crisis Fund
1501 Cherry Street
Philadelphia, PA

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Box 321
847A Second Avenue
New York, New York 10017

American Jewish World Service
45 West 36th Street
New York, New York 10018

American Red Cross
PO Box 37243
Washington, DC 20031

American Refugee Committee
430 Oak Grove Street
Suite 204
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403
Donate online at

AmeriCares Foundation
Iraq Refugee Fund
161 Cherry Street
New Canaan, CT 06840

Baptist World Aid
Please designate for Iraq and Middle East Appeal
405 N. Washington Street
Falls Church, VA 22046

Brother's Brother Foundation
1200 Galveston Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15233

151 Ellis Street, NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

Catholic Relief Services
Iraq Humanitarian Response
PO Box 17090
Baltimore, Maryland 21203-7090

The Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
2850 Kalamazoo Avenue SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49560

Church World Service
Iraq Conflict Response #6801
PO Box 968
Elkhart, IN 46515

Counterpart International
1200 18th Street, NW
Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20036

Direct Relief International
Iraq Crisis
27 S. La Patera Lane
Santa Barbara, CA 93117

Food for the Hungry
7729 E. Greenway Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85260

International Catholic Migration Commission
Iraq Refugee Response
1319 F. St. NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20004

International Medical Corps
11500 West Olympic Blvd
Suite 506
Los Angeles, CA

International Orthodox Christian Charities
Middle East Crisis Response
PO Box 630225
Baltimore, MD 21263-0225

International Rescue Committee
PO Box 5058
Hagerstown, MD 21741-9874

Life For Relief & Development
Iraq Emergency
17300 W. 10 Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48075

Lutheran World Relief
700 Light Street
Baltimore, MD 21237

MAP International
Disaster Relief
2200 Glynco Parkway
PO Box 215000
Brunswick, GA 31521-5000

Mercy Corps
Iraq Emergency Fund, Dept NR
PO Box 2669
Portland, Oregon 97208

Northwest Medical Teams
Iraq Relief
PO Box 10
Portland, OR 97207-0010

Operation USA
8320 Melrose Avenue
Suite 200
Los Angeles Ca 90069

Oxfam America
PO Box 1745
Boston, MA 02105-1745

Refugees International
Iraq Emergency Response
1705 N Street, NW
Washington, DC 20039

Relief International
Check or credit card donations
1575 Westwood Blvd., #201
Los Angeles, CA 90049

Save the Children
54 Wilton Road
Westport, CT 06880

Stop Hunger Now
Iraq Crisis Appeal
2501 Clark Avenue
Suite 301
Raleigh, NC 27607

United States Association for UNHCR
Iraqi Refugee Emergency Fund
1775 K Street, NW
Suite 290
Washington, DC 20006

U.S. Committee for Refugees
1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20010

US Fund for UNICEF
333 East 38th Street
New York, NY 10016

World Concern
Iraq Refugee Relief
19303 Fremont Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98133

World Relief
7 E. Baltimore St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

World Vision
Relief in the Middle East (Acct. #2505)
PO Box 70288
Tacoma, WA 98481-0288

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