The atrocities committed by Islamist extremists continue in Iraq. Above all, the targeted mass murder of minorities and inhuman behaviour spread fear and terror. Thousands of unarmed Iraqi Yezidis, Christians and Shiites were massacred by the fighters of the “Islamic State”, their wives and daughters were sold as slaves to the IS, where they had to and still have to experience inhumanities.
Hundreds of thousands finally fled to the Kurd-held mountain regions of northern Iraq to save their lives and escape terror. However, despite all international aid, this mass flight exceeds the capacity of the local authorities. Even the largest aid institutions are overwhelmed by the situation in the camps, as there are numerous problems and shortcomings.
In Kurdish Northern Iraq there are currently 20 refugee camps for 450,000 Yazidi and smaller camps for about 50,000 Christians around the megacity Dohuk. But many more refugees have not been able to find shelter there so far and continue to live in the most difficult conditions under tarpaulins, in shell constructions, under bridges and even on cemeteries.
The ISHR team tries to help as much as it can in refugee camps. Through donations and partnerships with local doctors, the medical emergency and the situation for sick and disabled people in particular should be improved. In doing so, ISHR also works locally with women who got rescued after they had been abducted by the IS.