An estimated 1.8 million Iraqis have so far been displaced this year, according to the UNHCR. They continue to be in desperate need for emergency provisions, and with supplies at lows, winter is also soon approaching. According to officials in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, “At least 41,000 Iraqis, including Arabs, Christians and other minorities, have fled into the region to escape armed groups that recently took over the northern city of Sinjar and other neighbouring communities. Iraqi Kurdistan is already home to more than 300,000 Iraqis displaced since June, and a further 220,000 Syrian refugees. The pressure is growing on the region’s already limited resources.”
CGR relief efforts continue amongst forcibly-displaced minorities in Northern Iraq, both through partnerships and through volunteer teams. Former volunteer teams include teams that have provided activities and entertainment for the children who have experienced trauma and have been displaced. Our national partners have provided basic “life line” needs such as food packets, infant formula, hygiene kits, medicines and blankets.
Short-term medical volunteer teams of doctors are also needed in the region to help assist thousands of forcibly-displaced patients. Please contact the CGR office if you are interested in participating, including details of your availability.
Anyone wishing to respond can help by donating to CGR’s Middle East Crises fund through the button below, visiting our donation page, or by purchasing a gift catalogue item related to the ongoing crisis. Downloadable cards through the catalogue are available, allowing gifts to be sent in the name of someone else.