02. June 2020
There are also many poor families living in cities too, such as Herat and Kabul in Afghanistan and Erbil, Duhok and Sylaymaniyah in Kurdistan. The fathers and older boys mostly work as day labourers. Since the coronavirus outbreak, demand for their services has all but ceased. Women and children normally beg on the streets or search through garbage for anything usable. This too has been banned in recent weeks, putting these families in a desperate situation. They barely have enough money to buy bread each day; soap is not something they can afford.
So Shelter Now has been giving out hygiene kits in various camps in Kurdistan and Afghanistan as well as in the cities of Erbil, Ba’adra and Sulaymaniyah. In Herat, Afghanistan, our staff are currently involved in distribution, while people in Duhok in northern Iraq will receive their items in the next few days.
Many families receive additional food from us at the same time as well as instruction in the necessary hygiene measures. As you can imagine, maintaining a safe distance from others is all but impossible in the camps. It doesn’t bear thinking about what it would be like if the virus broke out there.
To find out more, see our latest Shelter Report: www.shelter-now.org/news/newsletter/