Support Syrian Refugees in Iraq
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In October of last year, Nabil started making trips to the outskirts of Erbil, to visit with some of our newly-arrived neighbors. Though strangers to this area of Northern Iraq, where the Kurdish language is far more common than the Arabic of the old ...
In October of last year, Nabil started making trips to the outskirts of Erbil, to visit with some of our newly-arrived neighbors. Though strangers to this area of Northern Iraq, where the Kurdish language is far more common than the Arabic of the old regime, they were familiar to Nabil, who has spent time with his mother in Syria, and knows the grim reality of displacement firsthand. Families communicated their needs of food, clothing, and simple shelter that were going unmet by the traditional aid agencies, stretched beyond their capacity by the enormous and sudden influx.

Though it was just half a decade ago that the flow of refugees surged westward from Iraq to Syria, the escalating violence in the latter country this time has seen upwards of 60,000 pushed into the former [1]. And of those, less than half have found shelter in the camps that garner the most media attention and international funding [2]. The majority here in Iraq are largely hidden from view, often difficult to reach, and vitally underserved as a result.

Nabil, actually, is my former coworker and housemate of just about two years, and though he'd be far too modest to characterize it this way, has on his own remarkable initiative managed to deliver foodstuffs, blankets, coats, heaters, and school supplies to over 300 families. Through just our close circle of friends, he's managed to raise some $5000 in donations. However, with more families arriving each day under desperate conditions, continuing to fill in at the city's limits in the middle of a brutally cold winter, I think it would be incredible to try and double that number. Regardless of your politics, if you've felt a desire like I have while watching the news coverage of Syria to reach out and offer something directly to the ordinary people caught in the crossfire, I can assure you this is a rare and singularly effective opportunity to do just that.

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[1] UNHCR
[2] International Rescue Committee
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