On the run from Islamic State: Refugees in Northern Iraq Need Blankets, Heaters and a School

15. October 2014

Shelter Now is appealing for donations for a Christian aid project in Iraqi Kurdistan

The international Christian aid organization Shelter Now is appealing for donations for refugees in Northern Iraq. The project is designed to provide blankets and oil-powered heaters for 500 families – that’s around 2500 people – to enable them to survive the coming winter. There are also plans to set up a provisional school for 1500 children. The project is being run by a Finnish Christian development organization, FIDA, and Shelter Now is helping to raise funds for it.

Back in August, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis fled the advance of militants from the so-called Islamic State (IS) group, seeking refuge in the autonomous Kurdish region of northern Iraq. More than 30,000 Christians and Yezidis are estimated to have come to Ankawa, a Christian suburb of the regional capital Erbil. FIDA is partnering with a small church there to implement the aid project.

The church has been very active in providing emergency aid to refugees in recent months. Nearly 500 people have found shelter inside the church or in rented homes and halls. Mattresses and bedding have been provided for several thousand people, and volunteers regularly distribute food packages.

In the winter months, the temperatures in Erbil drop almost to freezing point and there is a lot of rain. “Warm blankets and heaters are now the most urgently needed items”, says the Director of Shelter Now Germany Udo Stolte. He says the church can provide blankets for a five-member family for 25 euros. An oil heater costs just under 60 Euros, he says, plus 170 Euro for heating oil to go through the winter.

There are thousands of children amongst the new arrivals in Ankawa, who would love to be able to go back to school. The church plans to set up containers, to provide a makeshift school for around 1500 boys and girls. 45 teachers will be employed – all refugees, mostly from the city of Mosul. They are initially planning to run the school for two years, because right now no one knows if or when the refugees will be able to return to their homes.

Braunschweig, 14 October 2014

About Shelter Now

Shelter Now is an international relief organisation with its co-ordination office in Germany. Since 1983 registered and working in Pakistan, and since 1988 in Afghanistan. Shelter Now finances its projects mainly by private donations. The efficiant and project-focussed use of funds is certified by the German Central Insitute for Social Issues and has received the Seal of Approval.


In Germany:

Shelter Now Germany e.V., Waisenhausdamm 4, 38100 Braunschweig, Phone: +49 531 885395-7, Fax: +49 531 885395-9, info@shelter.de, www.shelter.de

In UK:

The King's Centre, Wellesley Street, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1QD

Phone: +44-15 53-76 63 33
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