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“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 It is useful for politicians to get a glimpse of reality and meet people who have lost everything and depend completely on humanitarian aid from Denmark. This is how Christina Egelund reflects on her visit to Northern Iraq where she witnessed distributions of emergency relief by Mission East. She is an MP and spokesman on...
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. Earlier this year, Najib, an Iraqi father and farmer, returned to his home in the Christian village of Telasquf near Mosul after having been displaced from there for two and a half years. When he met the Managing Director of Mission East, Kim Hartzner, he thanked him for the relief that he and his village had recently received. “I would like to thank you for all the goods that you are distributing. We appreciate it, and we wish that many more people can be helped,” Najib said. He is the father of nine children and escaped...
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 As the small truck carrying two tons of food came to a halt, Knud Andersen knew that there was little time to waste. The food convoy had entered West Mosul – a far from safe area – and the truck could not remain in its place for long. Otherwise, it would risk becoming a target for fighters from Islamic...
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 The villages surrounding the major Iraqi city of Mosul lie in ruins. The devastation caused by the fighting between Iraqi forces and fighters from the terrorist movement Islamic State is so severe that it reminds you of images of the aftermath of World War II. “It...
Twice, Samira has had to flee Islamic State with her husband and children. Now she lives in Daquq IDP camp and is afraid to return to her village. Photo: Peter Eilertsen
Samira’s story gives a unique insight into the situation of Iraqi IDPs. Fear is the predominant feeling, and requirements for the future are modest. Samira and her family had to endure IS abuse for two years. Now they live in an IDP camp where they have received mattresses from Mission East. By Svend Løbner, Journalist Fear has taken hold of Samira’s body. The 25-year old mother escaped with her husband and children from the cruel regime of Islamic State and now live in a tent in Daquq IDP Camp outside Kirkuk in Iraq. She is too afraid to return to her village where the memories of torture,...
Blankets and mattresses are given to the displaced who now have to stay in private homes, each housing up to four families. Photo: Ben Granby
20 January 2017 The Dane Knud Andersen and his Mission East team have distributed emergency aid to 9,000 displaced people in and around Mosul. “We are close to the frontline and can hear planes and artillery above us,” he said. This week, Mission East distributed more emergency aid to people fleeing the fighting in the Iraqi city of Mosul. The organisation has handed out cooking utensils and hygiene kits to hundreds of families near the war zone. “Not far from here, the fighting is raging in Mosul itself, and we can hear the sound of fighter planes and artillery. We are close to the frontline...
Nazrawa Camp, Iraq, 2016. Abdullah Said teaches at one of Mission East’s centres for displaced children in Iraq. He has fled Islamic State twice and now lives in a camp for internally displaced people. This does not prevent him from continuing his IT studies. Photo: Peter Eilertsen.
Abdullah Said, a 21-year old Iraqi IT student, has escaped twice from the terrorist movement Islamic State. Now he is taking care of small children in one of Mission East’s child centres – in a camp where he is living himself. By Kim Wiesener, Communications Officer The chemistry is obvious. When Abdullah Said teaches Arabic writing to boys and girls of kindergarten age, everyone is smiling and laughing. Learning should be fun, and it is when he is working with three- to five-year-old kids at the Mission East Child Friendly Space at Nazrawa Camp. For the last couple of years, however, the...
Sinjar, Iraq, 2015. About 25,000 Yezidis lead difficult lives on Sinjar Mountain, while awaiting an opportunity to return home. Mission East and its partner Humanity provide emergency relief and psychological and social support. Photo: Philip Wikborg Hartzner.
In the summer of 2014, the world was shaken by the news of Islamic State’s horrific treatment of everyone who did not support their rigid interpretation of Islam. Mission East is helping displaces Iraqis with support for body and mind. By Svend Løbner, freelance journalist Men were gathered and executed. Women were raped. And young girls were sold as sex slaves to the fighters of the terrorist movement. Islamic State created horror everywhere, and the population fled in a hurry. A major humanitarian disaster had begun. Today, more than three million Iraqis are uprooted and displaced from...

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