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13-year-old Yasser dreams of coming to Kirkuk and studying to become a doctor. But because of the war in his country, it is a remote prospect.
First, their village was occupied by IS. After that, bombs fell. 13-year-old Yasser and his family are marked by the war they fled from. Now they get help from Mission East. The children are huddling in the cold, and women gather their shawls around their shoulders. It is mid-November, and winter is on the way in Iraq. If the family was at home in their village, it would be no problem. They would stay in their warm house, and there would be enough food from their farms. But they sit instead in an unfinished building on the run from a war which they have no stake in. Bombs fell on the village...
People who are displaced by the conflict in northern Iraq not only live in harsh conditions, but also struggle with the devastating psychological and social impacts of the conflict. But the psychosocial support provided at Mission East’s centres for women and children gives some a new hope for the future.
Everything changed for Ade and her children when they had to flee their home in Sinjar and leave everything behind one early morning last year. Life as an internally displaced person in northern Iraq is desperately hard, but at Mission East’s centre for support for displaced women and children, Ade gets the chance for a new beginning. By Mev Bardiqi with translation by Azad Rasho, relief workers, Northern Iraq "We know stories of Yazidis who have killed themselves because they are unable to cope with this situation," says Ade, a 35 year-old woman who is among Iraq’s 3.2 million displaced...
Orphans receive blankets
Mission East has once more given out winter help to the displaced people of Northern Iraq who are escaping from Islamic State. Secretary General, Kim Hartzner says “The displaced people are shaken, and their gratitude is touching”. The terror attack in Copenhagen cost two human lives and shocked Denmark. In Northern Iraq, one million people are on the run from the terrorist movement of Islamic State. The terrorists brutal misanthropy is going at full blast and murdering men, raping women and force marrying girls. “We must not forget them, not even when terror strikes Denmark and not when we,...
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...

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