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Helping the persecuted in Iraq
”I have experienced almost more than I can cope with. But it was also encouraging to see that our assistance reaches those in need.” tells Kim Hartzner, Managing Director of Mission East, after his visit in northern Iraq in fall 2014. You can see more moving pictures and read the stories here: Displaced after 1,700 years Ethnic cleansing Helping the persecuted
Many of the displaced live in improvised camps outside of the official UN system
While the fighting in northern Iraq and Syria continues, the Danish organisation, Mission East, intensifies relief efforts as winter nears in the Dohuk region of northern Iraq. With temperatures dropping to freezing point in the upcoming winter months, relief aid is urgently needed in the Dohuk region of northern Iraq. In light of this, aid workers from the Danish organisation, Mission East, provide winterization for the most vulnerable displaced people. Sigurd Sorensen, project manager at Mission East in northern Iraq, , has assessed the needs among the most vulnerable. He found that many...
Internally displaced in Northern Iraq. (Photo by Mission East)
The Danish emergency organisation Mission East has established a team of emergency aid experts on the ground in Northern Iraq which is currently witnessing one the largest humanitarian crises in the world. The team will secure clean water, food and shelter for internally displaced Christians and Yazidis in the Dohuk Governorate.  By Per Bergholdt Jensen Thousands of Christian and Yazidi families have fled from their homes in recent months in Northern Iraq due to religious and ethnic persecution.  Mission East is working to provide them with basic humanitarian aid.  “Up until now Mission East...
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...
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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