There are more than 500,000 displaced people because of the violence in Iraq and Syria. Many people have fled to Kurdish controlled regions. The authorities have set up few camps to house the displaced people. Many have been camping in schools, churches, and with relatives. The situation is getting worse where the water pipes are being cut off and people have to buy bottled water to drink. Their wells give them salty and contaminated water so they can barely wash. The situation is changing daily; the last period resulted in many Christians fleeing. Christians and Yazidis minorities are being harmed daily and are trapped in refugee camps. Covenant World Relief is partnering with the Evangelical Church in the Kurdistan region to provide food, shelter, and basic needs.
–written by Polly Kalantzis, CWR intern and North Park University student