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Help the displaced people 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 almost 150,000 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 and the ensuing mass displacement. As of May 2017, Mission East has helped appr. 65,000 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.



Mission East managing director Kim Hartzner and Danish MP Christina Egelund took part in an aid distribution in the village of Quri Khariban near Mosul. Photo: Peter Eilertsen

Managing Director Kim Hartzner visited Iraq in March together with Christina Egelund, spokesperson on political affairs for one of the governing parties in Denmark, Liberal Alliance. Meeting Mission East beneficiaries made a strong impression on both of them.

By Svend Løbner, Journalist, and Kim Wiesener, Communications Officer

Twice, Samira has had to flee Islamic State with her husband and children. Now she lives in Daquq IDP camp and is afraid to return to her village. Photo: Peter Eilertsen

Samira’s story gives a unique insight into the situation of Iraqi IDPs. Fear is the predominant feeling, and requirements for the future are modest. Samira and her family had to endure IS abuse for two years. Now they live in an IDP camp where they have received mattresses from Mission East.

By Svend Løbner, Journalist

Blankets and mattresses are given to the displaced who now have to stay in private homes, each housing up to four families. Photo: Ben Granby

20 January 2017

The Dane Knud Andersen and his Mission East team have distributed emergency aid to 9,000 displaced people in and around Mosul. “We are close to the frontline and can hear planes and artillery above us,” he said.

Nazrawa Camp, Iraq, 2016. Abdullah Said teaches at one of Mission East’s centres for displaced children in Iraq. He has fled Islamic State twice and now lives in a camp for internally displaced people. This does not prevent him from continuing his IT studies. Photo: Peter Eilertsen.

Abdullah Said, a 21-year old Iraqi IT student, has escaped twice from the terrorist movement Islamic State. Now he is taking care of small children in one of Mission East’s child centres – in a camp where he is living himself.

By Kim Wiesener, Communications Officer