The humanitarian crisis in Iraq in 2014 has reached its highest level of emergency. The United Nations estimate that 1.2 million people have been displaced by fighting just this year, and are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
UNHCR has therefore launched one of its largest humanitarian aid pushes in response to the deteriorating situation in Iraq, aiming to help around half a million people who have been forced to flee their homes.
Considering this emergency situation and the great number of people in need of assistance, UNHATE Foundation is supporting UNHCR and in particular the most vulnerable: children and women.
The major focus is on improving living conditions for the displaced in the region, as conditions remain desperate for those without access to shelter, food, water and primary medical care.
1. This brother and sister have found shelter with their family in a primary school in Iraqi Kurdistan’s Duhok governorate. Finding shelter for the vast majority of those who have fled Iraq’s latest fighting is a major challenge. (source: UNHCR/S. Baldwin/June 2014)
2. Workers unload trucks laden with hundreds of tents for families displaced by the recent fighting in Iraq. Shelter is a priority for the displaced, many of who are living rough in unfinished buildings, schools, mosques, churches and parks. (source: UNHCR/E. Colt/August 2014)
3. The UNHCR-chartered Boeing 747 disgorges its vital cargo of aid after landing at Erbil in Iraq’s Kurdistan region. (source: UNHCR photo)
4. Displaced Iraqis have found temporary shelter in an unfinished apartment complex in Erbil. (source: UNHCR/N. Colt/August 2014)