Imagine that you lived in a refugee camp, having been forced out of your home and your country due to war or terrorism. You have lost everything. Now you are faced with the Coronavirus pandemic. How can you keep your kids clean? Will the disease spread in the camp and infect your elderly parents? How many will die? This is the frightening prospect for many thousands of refugees in northern Iraq. We are acting NOW.

The photograph of the boys above was taken in December when we distributed toys, coats and shoes to Syrian refugees in the Bardarash refugee camp in northern Iraq.
Above: one of the team moves the FRRME hygiene packs ready for distribution to the camp last week.

Abdulrahman, our Iraq Programme Manager writes…

“Due to the lockdown measures taken by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) in response to COVID-19, refugees were finding themselves isolated and in fear within the camps. It was very hard for the UN agencies and NGOs to get there and provide refugees with enough support.

But FRRME have a great relationship with the Ministry of Interior. As a result we have been able to deliver our support to the needy people within the camps. FRRME also enjoys deep engagement and grass root relationships with communities and community organisations. And those relationships allow us to deliver and contribute to the life of needy people. UN agencies and many other INGO’s are still in the long queue to get permission to get the camps. We hope that they can gain access too very soon.

As a result of your donations, last week over 1,000 people in Bardarash Syrian refugee camp benefitted from our hygiene kits.”

Above: One of the FRRME hygiene packs costing just $15 each. Our partners the Barzani Charity Foundation helped with the distribution, for which we are very grateful

Next …. the Yazidi Refugee Camp

Our next action is to provide 500 vulnerable Yazidi families with hygiene kits in the Kaparto camps.

With more funds we could do even more – so please keep supporting us in this work. It can literally save lives.

Abdulrahman - Our Iraq Programme Manager

Our Response to the Virus

FRRME will respond urgently to the needs of refugees during the Pandemic. We are able to be creative and have staff on the ground, unlike many Western NGOs. Our strong relationships with political leaders and communities help us to act quickly.

Abdulrahman – Our Iraq Programme Manager

How can you help?

Pray: Please pray that we will continue to enjoy good relations with all relevant authorities in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Pray that we will be able to support many more refugees of all faiths during the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Donate: Our initial target is to raise £20,000 for hygiene packs. During the Coronavirus Pandemic the economy has been battered. Many people’s jobs are at risk across the world. Others with investments have lost huge amounts. We therefore completely understand if you are unable to provide a donation. But if you are able to do so we would be very grateful.

If you can help please click on the donate button below…