QRC to raise $2m for displaced people in Iraq

July 07, 2014 - 6:33:12 am

Doha: Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has launched a campaign to raise $2m for an intervention programme and relief assistance for 6,000 families adding up to 30,000 people in conflict-affected Iraq.

Secretary-General, Saleh bin Ali Al Mohannadi, told reporters that the campaign was in response to the worsening humanitarian conditions in Iraq.

 “Violence is alarmingly escalating, and the available capabilities are insufficient. According to International Organization for Migration reports, there are 478,860 internally displaced people (IDPs) from Al Anbar and 500,000 from Mosul.

 “IDPs who reached Iraqi Kurdistan are estimated at 400,000, which adds pressures on the region, already home to 220,000 Syrian refugees and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi IDPs from past clashes. 

“Temporary sheltering and clean drinking water are the most urgent needs,” Al Mohannadi added.

Some IDP camps with a capacity of 7,000 family or 35,000 people, are under construction. Still, this is not enough to meet the increasing needs, and there are large numbers of homeless people taking refuge in mosques and schools, he said.

Saad Shahin Al Kaabi, Director, Resource Mobilisation and Investment Department, said, “The purpose of the campaign is to provide 30,000 people or 6,000 most affected families, with food and material assistance, primary healthcare, water and sanitation services, and personal hygiene kits.

 “QRC has started a one-month intervention to slow down the exacerbation of the humanitarian crisis by distributing Ramadan food packages to 8,000 displaced families and providing drinking water trucks in Erbil, Duhok, and Sulaymaniyah for 1,000 families in and outside camps, in co-operation with local authorities, which conduct water quality tests to reduce the risk of waterborne diseases.”

 The deteriorating health conditions of people in the conflict-affected area pose serious risks of epidemic. The most urgent needs for IDPs are water, sanitation, and medical services, as per assessments by UN agencies and partners.

 After the explosion of the main water plant, the western parts of Mosul have little or no access to clean drinking water and drainage.

 There are concerns that scarce water and sanitation services may cause health complications, particularly waterborne diseases such as acute watery diarrhoea. 

Also, inaccessibility to medical care at hospitals increases risks of measles, cholera, polio, and severe respiratory infections.

The QRC mission, which implemented relief projects for Kurdistan’s 220,000 Syrian refugees last year, conducted an assessment and initiated an urgent intervention programme, co-ordinating with local authorities/organisations and UN agencies to select beneficiaries.

Priority will be given to families that lost homes; are supported by women or children; have no income; or include members with special needs, kids, or the elderly.

Set up in 1978, QRC is a member of International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, which comprises International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent in Geneva, International Committee of the Red Cross and 189 national societies. the peninsula/QNA