Local volunteers, most of them from the displaced community in northern Iraq, are trained by CRS’ building engineers on basic construction and installing doors and windows in buildings that have become temporary shelters. Photo by Kim Pozniak/CRS

Iraq: Beyond Violence & War, Hope & Resilience Prevail

Photo by Kim Pozniak/CRS

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Life in Iraq wasn't easy after years of conflict and war. But when ISIS advanced last year, taking control of large swaths of the country, millions of people were uprooted from their homes and lives. Formerly middle-class families now struggle to survive in the most basic conditions—without homes, jobs or incomes. Catholic Relief Services and its local partner, Caritas Iraq, are assisting them with shelter and food vouchers, and with care and education for the countless children displaced from their schools.