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Iraq has suffered from a succession of political crises, wars, and series of attacks over the last 35 years and the majority of victims are civilians.
Since 1979 when Saddam Hussein took power, Iraq has experienced three murderous wars, a series of bloody repressions including those of the Kurds and Shi'ites, and a trade embargo lasting over ten years. In April 2003, a coalition led by the United States and the United Kingdom toppled Saddam Hussein's regime. This third Gulf war ended on the 1st May 2003, but a string of terrorist attacks and political crises ensued. Between March 2003 and January 2012, 250,000 civilians were affected by armed violence.
Iraq is considered to be one of the countries in the world most severely contaminated bylandmines and sub-munitions.
In October 2016, more than 3 million people fled the widespread violence. Most of them found shelter in the northern regions of the country (30% in the sole Iraqi Kurdistan). The first estimations by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees indicate that 40% of these refugees meet the vulnerability criteria and that the health services in these regions have been pushed to the limit in terms of capacity. Handicap International has been working in Iraqi Kurdistan since 1991 supporting displaced persons with injuries or disabilities. The aim is to meet their specific needs and ensure that they have access to humanitarian aid. The organisation also supports other organisations (NGOs, local and regional authorities) to ensure that the specific needs of people with disabilities and vulnerable people are taken into account in the humanitarian response.