Winter Conditions Threaten Lives of Syrian Refugees in Iraq

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International disaster relief organization, ShelterBox, is delivering emergency shelter and supplies to Syrian families who are living in the Domiz refugee camp in northern Iraq as a result of Syria’s growing violence, political conflict and economic hardship.

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Syrian refugees in their current shelter camps in Iraq. Photograph by Rebecca Novell

There are already many shortages but these will become more critical as winter sets in.

International disaster relief organization, ShelterBox, is delivering emergency shelter and supplies to Syrian families who are living in the Domiz refugee camp in northern Iraq as a result of Syria’s growing violence, political conflict and economic hardship.

ShelterBox, which responds to disasters such as earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict, has deployed a highly trained ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) to deliver boxes of aid that will help families rebuild their lives.

“This is an international crisis and it is affecting the entire Middle East and the broader region,” Kurdish Foreign Minister, Falah Mustafa, said. “There are already many shortages but these will become more critical as winter sets in.”

Approximately 15,000 people are living at the camp, with an average of 200 new people arriving each day. The Kurdistan region of Iraq continues to welcome Syrian Kurdish refugees, but concerns are growing over the threat of winter weather to these refugee camps.

Because temperatures in this region often reach or drop below freezing from November through March, boxes sent to the Syrian refugees have been tailored to sustain the approaching winter weather conditions.

“As winter is approaching, there is a real need at the camp for winterized tents and ShelterBox provides a special thermal layer that goes between the inner and outer tents, which keeps warmth in,” said Becs Novell, an SRT member deployed to the area.

ShelterBox has sent essential disaster relief tents with thermal liners and sets of hats, gloves and scarves for adults and children in addition to the water filtration kit, blankets and groundsheets, and solar lamp in each box.

As part of its Clinton Global Initiative commitment, ShelterBox is also responding to extensive flooding and ongoing conflict in the Sahel region of West Africa, and continues to monitor the need of families affected by an earthquake in Iran, flooding in Nigeria and Senegal, and conflict in Jordan.

Since 2000, ShelterBox has provided shelter, warmth and dignity following more than 180 disasters in over 80 countries. ShelterBox’s American affiliate, ShelterBox USA is headquartered in Sarasota, Florida. Individual tax-deductible donations to ShelterBox USA can be made at http://www.shelterboxusa.org, 941-907-6036 or via text message by sending SHELTER to 20222 for a one-time $10 donation.

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