The Jiyan Foundation extends its humanitarian efforts to displaced Yazidis: 1.1 tons of relief items reached the men, women and children on Mount Sinjar by helicopter and car.
The deliveries started on 17 December 2015 and are part of our efforts to support Iraqis displaced following terrorist attacks.
Between 9000 and 10,000 displaced Yazidis still live in this mountain range, including an estimated 3000 children and 380 babies. Some decided to stay as they did not want to leave their cattle behind when the escape route via Syria was opened, or because they feel safer on the mountain than elsewhere. Others, however, had no choice but to stay as their health did not allow for the journey down the mountains. With winter approaching, they are in need of the most basic products.
With support from Misereor, a German aid agency, and in cooperation with the Christian Aid Program Northern Iraq (CAPNI), the Jiyan Foundation delivers relief items such as emergency food supplies, infant food and milk as well as winter clothing. Salah Ahmad, President of the Jiyan Foundation, reports: "The situation on this mountain is very grave. The people holding out there lack everything, including basic needs such as food, medication and clothing. The situation of the women and young children is particularly worrisome."
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