Monday, november 26:
All teams have returned having set up 500 winterised tents for 500 Syrian refugee families at Domiz camp in Iraq Kurdistan.
Syrian refugee children also received ShelterBox stationery packs at the school at Domiz, bringing them a new sense of hope.
There are thousands of children amongst the 20,000 refugees living at the camp having fled the escalating violence in Syria. Many attend the school on the outskirts of the camp, which is run by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) for over 1,300 students.
When each student registers at the school, they receive stationery distributed by Kurdish organization Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF). With more children arriving, they were running out of supplies. ShelterBox therefore sent 16 SchoolBoxes, packed full of school packs for a total of 800 pupils.
wednesday, november 14:
The third SRT has arrived to continue distributions.
saturday, october 27:
The team will begin distributing the first shipment of 200 ShelterBoxes in partnership with Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) and a team of volunteers. It is thanks to the collaborative efforts of ShelterBox and BCF with freight transport assistance from Etihad airlines via Airlink, the humanitarian relief initiative of the International Society of Transport Aircraft Trading Foundation, that the Response Team has been able to provide shelter, warmth and dignity to families in northern Iraq.
tuesday, october 23:
The ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) working to deliver aid to families in northern Iraq yesterday visited the Domiz refugee camp near Duhok.
The camp which is located 60 kilometres from the Syria/Iraq border has seen a huge influx of families arriving each day since conflict erupted in Syria. The Kurdistan region of Iraq continues to welcome Syrian Kurdish refugees but concerns are now growing over the imminent threat of winter weather to these refugee camps.
In a statement on Tuesday 23 October Kurdish Foreign Minister Falah Mustafa stated that: ‘This is an international crisis and it is affecting the entire Middle East and the broader region. There are already many shortages but these will become much more critical as winter sets in.’
The SRT met with the camp manager from Directorate of Displacement and Migration (DDM) to discuss possible uses for ShelterBox disaster relief tents and to gauge the latest figures on how many families are now residing in the camp. According to records there are now around 15,000 people living in the camp and around 200 new people continue to arrive every day.
The SRT also met with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Head of Field Office, Fatima Eldiasty who echoed the need for winterised tents and solar lamps ahead of the oncoming winter months. Temperatures in the region regularly drop to around 0 degrees Celsius between November and March and the bespoke thermal liners designed for the ShelterBox disaster relief tents will provide a much needed level of warmth for families who have fled devastating conflict in their home country.
The first shipment of ShelterBoxes is due to arrive in Erbil today. From Erbil they will then be transported up to the camp in the Northern Kurdistan region where the SRT will begin distribution in partnership with Barzani Charity Foundation and a team of volunteers.
Thursday, October 18:
Winterised ShelterBoxes have been sent to shelter Syrian families living in Domiz refugee camp in northern Iraq. As a result of Syria’s growing violence, sectarian tensions and economic hardship, a high influx of people have crossed the border into the Kurdistan region.
Reasons for their arrival are varied - some families are fleeing from conflict in Syria’s northern city Aleppo; some are returning to their Kurdish roots; others may have been displaced by the previous conflict in Iraq.
Many displaced families have made their way to Domiz refugee camp near Duhuk, some 60 kilometres from the Syria/Iraq border. There are currently around 3,000 families living at the camp, with an average of 50 new families arriving each day. back