Iraq Crisis Appeal: end the horror
There is no end in sight to Iraq’s devastating humanitarian crisis.
So far, an estimated 1.2 million Iraqis have been forced to leave their homes. Many have been in fear for their lives from Islamic State (IS) militants.
In recent months, attacks by IS in Ninewa province, in the north, have led to the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. Many of them are persecuted religious minorities, including Yazidis and Christians.
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Terrified and traumatised by the atrocities they have witnessed, many families fled to the mountains, others took refuge in increasingly crowded churches, mosques and disused buildings, without water or even the most basic amenities.
In the daytime many are exposed to temperatures that can reach 45C, often without anything to eat or drink. At night men and women sleep in shifts because their shelters are so overcrowded there is not enough room for them all to lie down at the same time.
It is thought 200,000 people are now living in these kinds of terrible conditions in refugee camps across northern Iraq. Most want nothing more than to return home but are fearful for their future.
Janet Symes, Head of Middle East at Christian Aid, said:
‘ The situation across parts of Iraq and the plight of persecuted minorities is horrific.'
'The magnitude at which Islamic State militants are operating is absolutely terrifying and we deplore their actions in the deliberate targeting of civilians.
‘We are appealing for the protection of all people, including persecuted religious minorities such as the Yazidis and Christians – hundreds of thousands of whom have fled in fear of their lives.
'What is happening in Iraq is beyond comprehension.'
Our partners are distributing hygiene kits to families in Sulaymaniyah, and providing food and clothes to displaced families in Sinjar and Dohuk.
However, as the number of these families rises, we urgently need funds to help keep people safe and healthy, especially as the harsh winter approaches, to ensure diseases do not spread.
We need to reach thousands more women, men and children living in appalling conditions with food and other essentials – but we need your help.
Ann Ward, working for us in Iraq, has had people asking her: ‘What can I do? I’ve lost everything – my job, my home, all my possessions.’
Please donate what you can
The speed with which this crisis has unfolded is frightening. We urgently need your help now.
Please give what you can to support our crisis appeal and our crucial work in Iraq:
- £21 could buy food including rice, beans and lentils.
- £129 could provide hygiene kits for three families.
- £300 could pay for blankets, mattresses, pillows and cooking sets for five families.
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