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Zakat Foundation in Iraq
After enduring a decade of harsh economic sanctions, Iraq was plunged into the chaos of civil war once foreign occupation discontinued in 2009. Although formal political democracy was installed in in 2003, the chronic instability and violence resulting from the foreign occupation period have continued to fragment Iraqi society.
The ensuing instability has torn the country apart with large areas in the country’s west and north now under the control of extremist militias. Oil is the primary economic resource, and a large portion of Iraq’s oil fields lie outside of the central government’s hands.
Zakat Foundation of America has provided emergency supplies to vulnerable Iraqis displaced by war and violence, distributions of food aid during Ramadan and Udhiya/Qurbani holidays, and also large construction vehicles for infrastructural development.
Sources: UN Stats | World Bank | Pew Research Center