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Help people affected by conflict in Northern Iraq

Hjælp de fordrevne i Nordirak - Fotokredit: CAPNI (Christian Aid Program)

Distribution to 4,000 families  

At the beginning of 2015, one of the largest distributions of relief aid in Mission East’s history took place. Four thousand vulnerable families who have sought refuge in northern Iraq, received winter clothing, footwear, blankets, and materials to improve their shelters so that they were able to cope with the winter. Mission East’s team of relief workers will continue to seek out the most vulnerable people dispersed around towns and rural areas in mountainous northern Iraq to help them meet their basic needs and recover from this traumatic experience.



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Since 2014, Mission East has helped more than 200,000 people in Northern Iraq. The operation is the largest in the organisation’s history.

Iraq is currently one of the world’s most dangerous war zones. More than three million people have been displaced from their homes because of the ongoing armed conflict and persecution of ethnic minorities.

Having previously worked in Iraq from 2003-2006, Mission East decided to return to the country in 2014 due to the severe humanitarian crisis caused by the terrorist organisation, Islamic State. For the past three years, Mission East has helped more than 150,000 people in Northern Iraq. Many of them have fled from areas occupied by Islamic State, others have returned to their liberated towns or villages only to find them devastated by occupation and fighting.

On Sinjar Mountain, Mission East is one of the few international NGOs providing assistance to thousands of displaced Yazidis who have faced severe persecution by Islamic State.

From late 2016, Mosul has become an important focal point of Mission East’s work in Iraq due to the offensive by Iraqi forces against Islamic State, the ensuing mass displacement and the subsequent efforts to rebuils the liberated, but devastated city. Mission East has helped more than 100,000 people in and around Mosul.

Mission East provides emergency relief as well as aid for longer-term settlement purposes, including blankets, mattresses, kitchen utensils and hygiene kits. Thousands of desperate inhabitants of Western Mosul have received vital food supplies. In six community centres, children and youth get a chance to play and learn. And Mission East is now helping returnees earn a livelihood, e.g. by growing produce in greenhouses.

Help Iraq's displaced people to survive one of the worst humanitarian crises in recent times, so they can rebuild their communities.

Read more about what Mission East is doing to help displaced people in one of Iraq’s most-affected regions.



Heba is learning how to become a beekeeper. She hopes to be able to sell her honey in the future. Foto: Michael Schmidt

On Mount Sinjar in Northern Iraq Mission East helps local Yazidis to create a new life for themselves. The activities include beekeeping and growing vegetables in large greenhouses.

By Kim Wiesener, Communications Manager

Yusuf (in the middle) seems like a happy little boy – but he suffers from nightmares. Photo: Michael Schmidt

More than 600 children attend the Mission East child centre in a poor neighbourhood in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk. Most of them have been displaced by war. At the centre they can play, learn and process the often harrowing experiences they have been through.

By Kim Wiesener, Communication Manager, November 2017

Shamil and his daughter Rufaa are relieved that Islamic State no longer rules their neighbourhood. This means that Rufaa has been able to return to school. Photo: Michael Schmidt

Mission East has distributed food in several devastated neighbourhoods in West Mosul. Shamil, Saabira and Ahmed, who have all received emergency relief, recount the time during and after Islamic State.

By Kim Wiesener, Communication Manager, November 2017

Leila with four of her daughters. They were freed from captivity in 2016, but three of her children are still missing. Photo: Michael Schmidt

The members of a Yezidi family in northern Iraq were brutally separated from each other because of Islamic State. The family has not heard from three of the children for more than two years. They are either still in captivity – or dead.

By Kim Wiesener, Communication Manager, November 2017