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Iraqis shelter in Mosques and classrooms as conflict continues

13 October 2014

Iraqis forced from their homes by violence are turning to schools, places of worship and unfinished buildings for shelter.

While some are staying with relatives or renting rooms, a growing proportion of those fleeing end up in less secure accommodation. Across Iraq, more than 1.7million people have been forced to leave their homes.

The International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement has brought life-saving aid including food, water and blankets to hundreds of thousands of people caught up in the crisis.

Crisis hits education for almost a million children

New research by the Institute of Migration found 19 per cent of people who have fled since August are housed in religious buildings, 17 per cent in schools and 17 per cent in unfinished buildings. Others live in large camps or smaller tented settlements.

The UN reports that more than 2,000 schools are occupied across the country – disrupting lessons for 850,000 children.

Red Cross and Red Crescent support continues

Those giving Red Cross and Red Crescent support include more than 4,000 Iraqi Red Crescent Society Volunteers. The help has included deliveries of medical care and supplies, including polio vaccinations. In Dohuk, a mobile kitchen is serving 10,000 people a day.

British Red Cross disaster response manager Ben Webster said: “While the headlines are all about military action, we’re focusing on the terrible crisis faced by the Iraqi people. Thanks to our supporters, we’re giving vital help to those caught up in the fighting.”


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The Red Cross is supporting the only hospital near Mosul that can treat the wounded and sick fleeing fighting in the area.

As the battle for Mosul in Iraq intensifies, the Red Cross is providing essential aid to around 10,000 people who have fled to nearby camps.