In Iraq, due to continuous fighting, thousands of people are escaping from their homes looking for refuge.
In the villages near the border, Iraqi Kurdistan refugees are occupying schools, mosques and buildings under construction. Temperatures reach 113˚ F as men, women and children in refugee camps live in tents awaiting the unknown. They lack basic necessities: water, electricity, food and medical assistance.
An EMERGENCY team consisting of two doctors and one nurse has started providing medical assistance in the Khanaqin camp, which is located 10 minutes from the front line.
On July 3, 2014 our team set up a temporary ambulatory care facility in a school and examined 18 patients. Typical illnesses included gastrointestinal infections, skin infections and respiratory diseases. All of these are a consequence of the poor hygiene and sanitary conditions at the camp, which continues to expand.