Outside their tarpaulin-covered shelter in Kurdish northern Iraq, a grandmother watches young children. Conflict caused them to flee their home, but now they must worry about the harsh winter.
"It's growing so cold…I don't know how it can get worse," says Zareh, 35, a mother of five who lives with her husband and their five children in a shelter protected by plastic tarps. "It's been raining every day. Everything is wet or destroyed, and then it gets very cold, too."
For families that have already fled a war, the onset of the freezing winter is one more burdensome challenge they are forced to confront.
More than 1.9 million people are displaced in Iraq, and UN reports say that at least 600,000 of them are in immediate need of winterization assistance. World Vision is providing winterization kits to families staying in this informal settlement.
Psalm 27:5 “…he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent…”
Thank God for the safety and protection God provides for his children.
Photo © 2014 Mary Kate MacIsaac/World Vision