On September 2, 2015, the lifeless body of 3 year old Syrian refugee Alan Kurdi washed up on a beach in Turkey; the photo of his body became a symbol for the tremendous loss of innocent lives of those desperate enough to risk crossing the Mediterranean Sea from the Middle East or North Africa to reach Europe.
Hundreds of thousands 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. ISHR helps on site wherever we can.