According to the UN, more than 30,000 people – mostly women, children and the elderly – have fled from northern Syria into the Kurdish region of Iraq since Thursday. The rise in numbers is caused by intensified fighting in northern Syria and the reopening of the Peshkhabur border.
In response to the sudden influx, temporary camps are being built. Inevitably, there are major needs within makeshift camps for both accommodation and financial support. In addition to the temporary camps, 4,000 people have been accommodated in 11 schools and mosques.
Hear From the Families
Suzanne lives with her three children in a tent next to her in-laws. She says many people are waiting for the new camps to be built. “Our conditions are not bad but we are looking forward to moving to the new camp” she said.
Next to Suzanne’s tent lives eight-year-old Warda from Deir Ezzour, pictured below. When asked about her wish, she said: “I want to go back to school and study science. I used to like science the most.”
First picture:Khadija, 4 years from Halab, lives with her family at Arbat site in Sulaymaniyah. Second picture: Eight year old Warda (R) with her friend Joumana fled from Deir Ezzour, Syria, with their families. © Raefah Makki, IFRC
Red Crescent and Red Cross Response
The Red Crescent has played a major role responding to the complex needs of Syrian refugees and Iraqi returnees. In Sulaymaniyah, the Red Crescent provides hot meals and water, food parcels and will provide tents, water tanks and First aid kits to assist the most vulnerable families.
Dr. Salaheddine Ali Saleh, from the Red Crescent, says, “We didn’t expect this number of Syrians to arrive in a very short time, but we have done our best to help these families and we will continue assessing the needs and monitor the situation on a daily basis to help in the best way possible.”
With the continued and growing needs caused by the conflict in Syria, the Irish Red Cross Syria Crisis Appeal continues to support families and vulnerable people in Syria aswell as those who have been forced to flee across borders into neighbouring countries.