The conflicts which have spread throughout the Middle East in recent years have resulted in numerous humanitarian crises. The occupation by Daesh (Islamic State) of large territories in Syria and Iraq have displaced millions of people.
Since 2011, we work with Syrian refugees in Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon, providing psycho-social support, informal education for children, and protection for women.
Between 2015 and 2016 we were able to deliver 5 loads of humanitarian equipment, medicine and winterized tents in Rojava, the predominantly Kurdish area of Syria in collaboration with our partner, The Kurdish Red Crescent. In their health clinics, we initiated a training program offering psycho-social support for displaced families.
The advancement of Daesh in Iraq caused 3.3 million people to be internally displaced, of which 1.5 million have found refuge in Iraqi Kurdistan, where we have three offices: in Erbil, Dohuk and Sulaymaniyah. In the first stage of the emergency, we distributed water, food, and first aid kits .
At the same time, we provided guidance and information services at the borders, both in refugee camps and in areas where families gathered more informally to find shelter. Over the course of many months, we provided blankets, winter clothes, stoves and education materials for children.