Since the battle for Mosul began last month, the UN estimates that 70,000 civilians have fled the city. Many of these people have spent two years living under the tyranny of Islamic State and have risked their lives to reach safety. Below is an update showing how your donations are helping us to help them.
New all-girls school in Harsham Camp
One of our new projects is an all-girls school in Harsham Camp north of Erbil. This short video from The Associated Press gives you some idea of what the camp is like. While conditions are tough, our new school will provide displaced girls with an education, which in turn will give them a sense of normality and, we hope, a better future. Given the crippling lack of education, particularly in Northern Iraq, we consider this an emergency project. Click on the below image to watch a short video clip of the school.
Click on the image to watch the video
Hot food kitchen in Debaga Camp
Approximately 30,000 people live in Debaga Camp south of Erbil, which is now one of the biggest IDP camps in Northern Iraq. The camp continues to fill up, with thousands more people expected to arrive as the battle for Mosul intensifies. Those who make it there have walked across mine-strewn battlefields and roads and are often in a state of semi-starvation when they arrive. In partnership with the Barzani Charity Foundation, we are feeding approximately 7,000 IDPs twice a day. The hot food we provide is often the first hot food they have eaten in weeks or even months.
Providing hot food for internally displaced people in Debaga Camp
IDP job creation in Baharka Camp
Baharka is a small camp north of Erbil, although its population has risen considerably in recent months. Tented accommodation is provided by the UN and the majority of the food needs are met by the World Food Programme. However, we supplement the food ration with additional items such as qishta (a type of Iraqi cheese) and fresh bread. In the process, we employ a handful of IDPs who help distribute this food. Job creation is vital as it helps create purpose and gives a small stipend to people who have nothing.
Our team of IDP relief workers in Baharka Camp
Front line relief in Khazir Camp
Khazir is on the outskirts of Mosul, Islamic State’s de facto capital in Iraq. Many of those who arrive at the camp haven’t eaten or drunk anything in days. Many arrive without winter clothes or shoes. The weather is starting to get worse in the region, with sub-zero temperatures possible. Our team in Khazir has been handing out water, food and shoes to the most vulnerable, an act of charity made possible by your continued support.
An Iraqi IDP girl collects qishta and bread from one of our food stations
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The FRRME Team
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Each week we post a selection of recent online items where you can find out about the latest developments in the countries in which the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East operates – Iraq, Jordan, Israel / Palestine.
This week’s Media Summary features news about Iraqi Christians returning to their villages following ISIS’ retreat; Jordan’s growing refugee crisis; and an Israeli Bill which seeks to legalise settlements in the West Bank.
Christian Post: Iraqi Christians Returning Home to Worship in Churches Desecrated by ISIS
Rudow: Mayor warns of starvation in Iraqi town caught between ISIS and Shiite force
Al Bawaba News: Jordan tops list of refugee host countries
Al Bawaba News: Increase in Jordan drug use linked to refugee influx, study shows
Israel / Palestinian Territories
Haaretz: Palestinians Blast Israel for Approving Bill to Legalize Settlement: ‘All Settlements Are Illegal’
The Guardian: Trump presidency bodes ill for Israel-Palestine peace process
Islamic State has told civilians in Mosul that they will be executed if they try to flee the city. Those who stay, including women and children, are being used as human shields. Those who manage to get out are desperately trying to reach Khazir Camp on the outskirts of the city, where FRRME and other aid agencies are providing them with much-needed food and water.
The needs in Khazir are huge. Many have turned up barefoot. Our team on the ground has been quick to respond to this, giving out shoes to people on arrival.
We are also distributing food, including fresh bread and cheese. Many of the people we see haven’t eaten in days. This past week we have distributed 44,000 pieces of bread and cheese.
As ever, the children are a priority. We made sure this little boy had enough bread to properly feed himself.
And this little girl, who is carrying one of our emergency food packages, paid for by you.
The camp itself is run by the UNHCR but we are working alongside them to ensure the most vulnerable are fed.
FRRME is a Christian charity but we are helping all those who are suffering as a result of the war in Northern Iraq. If you would like to support our work, please see the giving options below.
How you can help
If you are a UK resident, you can make a single or regular donation via our website by clicking here.
American supporters can make a donation via our sister organisation, FRRME America, by clicking here.
Alternatively, you can make a donation to The Emergency Appeal for Iraqi Refugees by clicking here.
The FRRME Team