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5 offices 
250+ staff 
280 projects completed 

Our story

In the aftermath of the 2003 attack on UN Headquarters in Baghdad and the subsequent targeting of international aid workers, many humanitarian organisations began to pull out or reduced their activities in Iraq. This withdraw created a huge gap in the humanitarian context at a time when 

humanitarian needs were growing.

Dr Khaldoon Al-Moosawi responded to the situation by creating a local non-governmental humanitarian organization. With the same determination and vision, Mercy Hands has grown from a small local NGO to a nationwide organization that has helped millions of people. 

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Our logo

During one of our emergency food distributions, in late 2004, one of our staff members witnessed an old woman falling down in a stampede of people rushing to the truck. Our aid worker instantly asked the workers to stop distribution, jumped off the truck, and assisted her to stand. Her hand reaching out to the woman inspired our logo design.

Our vision

We aspire to live in a society where justice prevails, law rules, individual and group rights are preserved, differences are acknowledged and welcomed, people work together to develop and sustain resources for future generations, and man made disasters are virtually nonexistent. 


Our mission

Mercy Hands is an Iraqi non-governmental organization committed to operating in conflict-ridden and disaster-affected regions, delivering both humanitarian and developmental assistance. Our mission starts with saving lives and extends towards the establishment of a thriving, conflict-free community. We are dedicated to providing emergency aid, reconstructing infrastructure, enhancing living standards, advancing human rights and democracy, advocating for women's rights, fostering environmental improvement, and actively participating in peacebuilding initiatives. 

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