Over 6 million people have been displaced by the war in Syria. Of these, over 2.5 million have fled to Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. Some have relied on friends and family for shelter, but many have sought refuge in camps developing all along the Syrian border.
On July 5th, EMERGENCY opened a medical center in Arbat, a Syrian refugee camp in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, to provide basic care to 3,000 inhabitants. Approximately 50% of these are children, many of who were born in the camp over the past year.
As with all of our projects, the international staff is working alongside local doctors and nurses to provide care. The center is run by employees from the EMERGENCY Rehabilitation Center in Sulaimaniya, as well as Syrian medical personnel now living in the camp after being forced to leave prior positions.