18 Jun 2014

Relief International - Crisis in Iraq: RI is responding to the urgent needs of Iraqi families who have fled violence

Relief International’s country team is on the ground closely monitoring the humanitarian situation in Iraq after violence broke out on June 10 in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city. More than 500,000 Iraqis have fled from their homes in Mosul and its surrounding districts alone, most seeking safety in the neighboring Kurdistan region of Iraq. RI expects many more to be displaced as violence continues to spread to other cities.

We are deeply concerned by the recent events. Iraq is currently hosting more than 200,000 Syrian refugees–meeting the needs of the 500,000 newly displaced will stretch scarce humanitarian resources even further as the country struggles under the weight of one million internally displaced persons (IDPs).

Families have fled with little more than the clothes on their backs, walking for days to reach safety. Many fleeing to the north are stuck at Kurdish checkpoints. Health services and access to basic supplies such as water are already overwhelmed in areas such as Erbil and Dohuk where many of displaced families have fled, seeking shelter in crowded communities and camps.

Relief International’s team will be responding to the urgent needs of the displaced in the Kurdistan region in Northern Iraq. Approximately 300,000 people have fled to Kurdistan. As violence escalates, more Iraqis are expected to enter the region.

Relief International will be providing assistance to the displaced in Erbil and on the Dohuk-Ninewa border, near Domiz. Relief International will deploy mobile medical units to provide emergency and primary healthcare. RI will also mobilize teams of sanitation mobilizers who will provide community outreach and messaging on good hygiene practices to prevent the spread of disease as well as provide potable water supplies and garbage collection to the IDP population.

Since 2003, Relief International has been operating in Iraq assisting vulnerable groups displaced by conflict. Currently, our team is also addressing the health and basic needs of Syrian refugees in the Dara Shakran camp in Erbil, Iraq.

The RI team will continue to be present on the ground in Iraq to support and protect those displaced by violence.
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