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Help people affected by conflict in Northern Iraq



Hjælp de fordrevne i Nordirak - Fotokredit: CAPNI (Christian Aid Program)

Distribution to 4,000 families  

At the beginning of 2015, one of the largest distributions of relief aid in Mission East’s history took place. Four thousand vulnerable families who have sought refuge in northern Iraq, received winter clothing, footwear, blankets, and materials to improve their shelters so that they were able to cope with the winter. Mission East’s team of relief workers will continue to seek out the most vulnerable people dispersed around towns and rural areas in mountainous northern Iraq to help them meet their basic needs and recover from this traumatic experience.

 

 

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Since 2014, Mission East has helped almost 150,000 people in Northern Iraq. The operation is the largest in the organisation’s history.

Iraq is currently one of the world’s most dangerous war zones. More than three million people have been displaced from their homes because of the ongoing armed conflict and persecution of ethnic minorities.

Having previously worked in Iraq from 2003-2006, Mission East decided to return to the country in 2014 due to the severe humanitarian crisis caused by the terrorist organisation, Islamic State. For the past three years, Mission East has helped more than 150,000 people in Northern Iraq. Many of them have fled from areas occupied by Islamic State, others have returned to their liberated towns or villages only to find them devastated by occupation and fighting.

On Sinjar Mountain, Mission East is one of the few international NGOs providing assistance to thousands of displaced Yazidis who have faced severe persecution by Islamic State.

From late 2016, Mosul has become an important focal point of Mission East’s work in Iraq due to the offensive by Iraqi forces against Islamic State and the ensuing mass displacement. As of May 2017, Mission East has helped appr. 65,000 people in and around Mosul.

Mission East provides emergency relief as well as aid for longer-term settlement purposes, including blankets, mattresses, kitchen utensils and hygiene kits. Thousands of desperate inhabitants of Western Mosul have received vital food supplies. In six community centres, children and youth get a chance to play and learn. And Mission East is now helping returnees earn a livelihood, e.g. by growing produce in greenhouses.

Help Iraq's displaced people to survive one of the worst humanitarian crises in recent times, so they can rebuild their communities.

Read more about what Mission East is doing to help displaced people in one of Iraq’s most-affected regions.

 

 

“We know very well that there is war and conflict, and that the human costs are high, especially among civilians. But witnessing this at close hand and seeing how all of Northern Iraq is affected by war – that is a different matter,” Christina Egelund says about her trip to Iraq in March.

Seeing the distress of displaced Iraqi families made a strong impression on Danish parliamentarian Christina Egelund. She witnessed Mission East staff deliver emergency aid near Mosul and Kirkuk with dignity and respect for the displaced families.

By Svend Løbner, journalist

Najib thanks Mission East for hygiene kits and kerosene. This helps his large family stay healthy and heat up their homes. Photo: Peter Eilertsen

An emergency relief kit can make a big difference to an Iraqi family.

Emergency relief for the beleaguered population of West Mosul is being loaded on to small trucks from big trucks. Photo: Mission East Iraq

Last year, Mission East was one of the first international organisations to help the population of East Mosul. Since then, the organisation has also been at the forefront of relief efforts for the beleaguered inhabitants in the western part of the city.

By Kim Wiesener, Communications Officer

Mission East managing director Kim Hartzner and Danish MP Christina Egelund took part in an aid distribution in the village of Quri Khariban near Mosul. Photo: Peter Eilertsen

Managing Director Kim Hartzner visited Iraq in March together with Christina Egelund, spokesperson on political affairs for one of the governing parties in Denmark, Liberal Alliance. Meeting Mission East beneficiaries made a strong impression on both of them.

By Svend Løbner, Journalist, and Kim Wiesener, Communications Officer