The best way to help those affected by a disaster overseas is to make a monetary donation to a reputable humanitarian organization working in the disaster zone.
As a U.S. government agency, USAID does not accept donations for its crisis response efforts, but non-governmental organizations may issue appeals for donations depending on the crisis.
The situation is extremely dire for the tens of thousands of innocent people in northern and central Iraq under assault by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Working in support of the Government of Iraq, the United States is providing humanitarian aid to those in need, particularly the men, women, and children trapped on Mount Sinjar without food, water, and shelter.
USAID is deploying humanitarian response experts to key locations in the region to help manage and coordinate U.S. Government support of the Government of Iraq's humanitarian aid effort for those displaced by ISIL. This team will work closely with local officials, the international community, and humanitarian relief agencies to identify needs and expedite life-saving assistance to those caught in the midst of violence.
Our disaster response experts are working hand-in-glove with our counterparts in the U.S. military and the Department of State. Our assistance is already being distributed by the World Food Program to people from all of Iraq's diverse communities caught in the middle of the conflict.
USAID remains committed to the people of Iraq and supporting the Government of Iraq's efforts to meet the critical humanitarian needs.
Last updated: September 26, 2014