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'We are suffering a real disaster'

26 August 2014

Mr Hamo, a former English teacher and Yazidi, fled Tel Askof after the latest advance by Islamic State (IS) militants.

This is his story: 

Dire need

Our Emergency Programme Consultant, Ann Ward, met Mr Hamo at our partner REACH's distribution centre in Sulaymaniyah, where she had travelled to speak to those fleeing the conflict.

Later, Ann told us: ‘He was shaking head to foot as I was speaking to him. He looked near to tears. His brother kept saying, "Please just get us out of here."

‘We were surrounded by other Yazidi men who were nodding and shaking their heads - they looked completely exhausted.’

Mr Hamo is just one of thousands of Yazidis, members of one of Iraq’s oldest religious minorities, who have been forced to flee as a result of the conflict.

Many remain trapped in the mountains without access to food or water. 

Providing vital aid

Our long-term partners in Iraq, who were already helping communities who have been displaced, have started providing urgent humanitarian relief to those who have fled in recent days.

REACH has distributed hygiene items to families who have just arrived in Sulaymaniyah.

Please help us to scale up our efforts to respond to the growing and desperate crisis sweeping across parts of the country by giving what you can to our Iraq Crisis Appeal.

 

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