What we are doing
Action Against Hunger has been in the Kurdistan region of Iraq since 2013, when we responded to a sudden mass influx of people fleeing Syria. It was later at the forefront of the response to the mass displacement of Iraqis in 2014 when IS took control of part of Iraq and our team in Dohuk helped people fleeing fighting.
In Iraqi Kurdistan, where 215,000 Syrian refugees have settled, Action Against Hunger is focusing our operational response in several camps--Kawergosk, Qushtapa, Darashakran, Basirma and Gawilan--through various projects including ones focused on water, sanitation, and hygiene, as well as on mental health for at-risk members of the population like pregnant and nursing women and children under age five.
As of July 2016, more than 230,000 Iraqis have fled their homes in search of safety following the escalation of the military campaign towards Mosul.
Our emergency team have been deployed to Erbil and have designed a flexible response strategy to respond swiftly to the rapidly evolving situation.Our mobile teams will operate from Dohuk and Erbil in areas north and east of Mosul. We are ready to deliver emergency supplies such as food, water and sanitation equipment. We’re also prearing to provide psychological support to help children recover from the traumatic experiences they’ve been through.
“Our main challenge is to anticipate population movements and reach those fleeing the fighting,” said Charlotte Schneider, head of emergency at Action Against Hunger. “We have identified probable displacement routes and our emergency stocks are ready, but the situation could evolve quickly.”