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“We know very well that there is war and conflict, and that the human costs are high, especially among civilians. But witnessing this at close hand and seeing how all of Northern Iraq is affected by war – that is a different matter,” Christina Egelund says about her trip to Iraq in March.
Seeing the distress of displaced Iraqi families made a strong impression on Danish parliamentarian Christina Egelund. She witnessed Mission East staff deliver emergency aid near Mosul and Kirkuk with dignity and respect for the displaced families. By Svend Løbner, journalist It is useful for politicians to get a glimpse of reality and meet people who have lost everything and depend completely on humanitarian aid from Denmark. This is how Christina Egelund reflects on her visit to Northern Iraq where she witnessed distributions of emergency relief by Mission East. She is an MP and spokesman on...
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 Fear has taken hold of Samira’s body. The 25-year old mother escaped with her husband and children from the cruel regime of Islamic State and now live in a tent in Daquq IDP Camp outside Kirkuk in Iraq. She is too afraid to return to her village where the memories of torture,...
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. This week, Mission East distributed more emergency aid to people fleeing the fighting in the Iraqi city of Mosul. The organisation has handed out cooking utensils and hygiene kits to hundreds of families near the war zone. “Not far from here, the fighting is raging in Mosul itself, and we can hear the sound of fighter planes and artillery. We are close to the frontline...
Binay Basyal in Mission East’s Erbil office. Photo: Peter Eilertsen.
Binay Basyal is Mission East’s country director in conflict-ridden Iraq. The Nepalese aid worker is no stranger to civil wars – he experienced one in his home country. By Kim Wiesener, Communications Officer What does it take to lead a Mission East office in a war zone? According to Binay Basyal, it requires a combination of calmness and indignation – on top of the necessary professional skills. “You feel pain and anger when you witness so much suffering as you do in Iraq. But you also need to stay calm,” stated the 41-year old Nepalese national who has led Mission East’s work in the conflict...
Jiihan and her family spent some of the cash assistance from Mission East on a heater and blankets. Photo: Peter Eilertsen.
In December 2015, displaced Iraqi families received help to cope with the winter cold. By Kim Wiesener, Communications Officer Jihan, her husband and their four children live in an unfinished concrete house. The window frames are big, gaping holes, and the “entrance door” to their temporary home is a thin piece of cloth. Many displaced Iraqis, who have fled the terrorist movement Islamic State, live like this. The big city of Kirkuk is full of them. Jihan and her family left their home city of Fallujah in 2014 and sought refuge here. At the time, there were no camps for the internally...
People who are displaced by the conflict in northern Iraq not only live in harsh conditions, but also struggle with the devastating psychological and social impacts of the conflict. But the psychosocial support provided at Mission East’s centres for women and children gives some a new hope for the future.
Everything changed for Ade and her children when they had to flee their home in Sinjar and leave everything behind one early morning last year. Life as an internally displaced person in northern Iraq is desperately hard, but at Mission East’s centre for support for displaced women and children, Ade gets the chance for a new beginning. By Mev Bardiqi with translation by Azad Rasho, relief workers, Northern Iraq "We know stories of Yazidis who have killed themselves because they are unable to cope with this situation," says Ade, a 35 year-old woman who is among Iraq’s 3.2 million displaced...
Orphans receive blankets
Mission East has once more given out winter help to the displaced people of Northern Iraq who are escaping from Islamic State. Secretary General, Kim Hartzner says “The displaced people are shaken, and their gratitude is touching”. The terror attack in Copenhagen cost two human lives and shocked Denmark. In Northern Iraq, one million people are on the run from the terrorist movement of Islamic State. The terrorists brutal misanthropy is going at full blast and murdering men, raping women and force marrying girls. “We must not forget them, not even when terror strikes Denmark and not when we,...
Helping the persecuted in Iraq
”I have experienced almost more than I can cope with. But it was also encouraging to see that our assistance reaches those in need.” tells Kim Hartzner, Managing Director of Mission East, after his visit in northern Iraq in fall 2014. You can see more moving pictures and read the stories here: Displaced after 1,700 years Ethnic cleansing Helping the persecuted

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