Families who fled the bloodshed in Iraq are sleeping on roofs, in schools and abandoned buildings as the number urgently needing shelter in the Kurdish Region of Iraq nears 400,000
The humanitarian impact of the fighting in Iraq is pushing host communities to breaking point with some towns tripling in size and forcing those who fled the bloodshed to live in appalling conditions.
The UN estimates that of the 1.45 million people displaced in Iraq this year, almost 400,000 are living in informal accommodation like schools, parks and abandoned buildings in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and require urgent shelter. This includes about 200,000 children.
In the town of Sharya in the west of KRI, the population has ballooned from 13,500 a few weeks ago to more than 40,000.
In the far east in Suleimanyah the hunt for shelter is desperate too. Save the Children staff visited a two-room farmhouse on the outskirts of town where eight Yazidi families comprising of more than 40 people were living. Most slept on the roof because there was no space inside, and they had intermittent electricity and had run out of fuel for cooking.
For more information check the Save the Children website.
Thu, 28/08/2014 - 13:38