World Vision is scaling up operations in Iraq to helped families who are in need of food, shelter, healthcare, water, sanitation, and child protection.
“We just really needed clothes,” says Majida, a 45-year-old mother at one of the distribution sites. “We’ve all been wearing the same things since we left, and we don’t have any clean water to wash in. We are getting skin infections. Can you imagine living like this?”
Many people in Dohuk have been displaced for months. Wearing the same clothes, they’ve endured day after day of temperatures higher than 110 degrees.
“When you have to run, you just run. You don’t take anything,” Majida says.
Having reached relative safety in Dohuk, people are living in camps, schools, public halls, unfinished buildings, parks, churches, and with host families.
“We feel safe now, thank God,” says Majida. “But what will we do? We sleep all crammed together. We don’t have clean water to drink. We don’t have money. We don’t have our things. We are really worried about the future.”
Since the escalation of violence, Iraqis have fled contested areas in great numbers.
“We stayed seven days on the mountain, and then we just had to walk,” says Majida. “We had to keep moving.
“We walked 20 hours, me and my children. We had to go through Syria to get back into Iraq a different way. People are running away from Syria, you know, but for us we had no choice.”
World Vision also provides aid within Syria and to refugees and host communities in Lebanon and Jordan.
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