In an emergency situation, families often flee with little more than the clothes they are wearing and consequently find themselves displaced without any personal belongings. In addition to food, refugees and internally displaced people are in urgent need of basic necessities to survive, including blankets, plastic sheeting, mattresses, clothing, hygiene supplies, stoves and pots.
In partnership with the United Nations, we are the biggest distributor of basic necessities across northern Iraq. Our work includes distributing core relief items, communicating with people of concern and facilitating registration for winterization assistance. Our capacities, preparedness and ability to provide immediate response to emergencies have also enabled us to facilitate UNHCR’s distribution of cash to protect families from the risk of the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic.