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Iraq

Each week, our mobile dispensaries visit more than 30 isolated sites and provide medical aid to more than 2,000 patients. As of now, EliseCare has provided help to 70,000 refugees.

Since 2012, more than 645,000 Syrians and 3.2 million Iraqis have been forced to exile on the Iraqi territory.

In August 2014, war in Syria and Iraq pushed thousands of families from religious and ethnic minorities, Christians, Yezidis, Kurds, and Syrians, into exile as they are persecuted and killed for their beliefs. According to the United Nations, “mass executions, systematic rapes and horrifying acts of violence” have been committed against these persecuted minorities. This veritable genocide causes families to flee Sinjar, Mossoul, Qaraqosh and Ninive in masses. There are currently no more Christians or Yezidis in the region.

Men, women, children, and elders have been forced to walk for hours, even days on end in the deserts of Syria and Mesopotamia to reach the pacific zone situated in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, the prime destination for internal displaced populations.

 

90% of the Iraqi refugees, two million people, have been unable to find a place in congested Iraqi camps and have been forced to live in the streets, on the side of the road, in dumps, in abandoned buildings and construction sites, or in other disaffected areas.

These refugees have no access to infrastructures and aids provided by international relief associations; they have no access to shelter, food, water, or medicine.

The sanitary conditions they endure is extremely worrying.

 

 

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It is within this climate that EliseCare was implemented in Iraq in October 2014.
To provide pain relief and respond to the medical needs of the civilian population, the association created mobile dispensaries which enabled EliseCare to come to the aid of displaced populations and refugees with no distinction of religion.

The actions have:

  • Helped provide free medical services for isolated populations outside of refugee camps.
  • Promoted the teaching and practice of acupuncture as a technique for pain relief.
  • Established a medical team certified in multiple disciplines among the refugees

Each week, our mobile dispensaries visit more than 30 isolated sites and provide medical aid to more than 2,000 patients. As of now, EliseCare has provided help to 70,000 refugees.

Due to the increase and gravity of humanitarian concerns, EliseCare is currently in the process of developing new projects:

  • A mobile dispensary was dispatched towards Mossoul in February 2017, and has since driven throughout the Duhok province.
  • In the refugee camps of Ainkawa 2 and Darkar, situated in the Erbil and Duhok regions respectively, EliseCare has built two stationary dispensaries for free medical consultation and care.