Iraq

SUPPORT FOR THE REFUGEES AND DISPLACED CHILDREN

Context

Mission Enfance has been working in Iraqi Kurdistan since 1992. Emergency, reconstruction of schools and villages have brought the association to have a real expertise of this region.

The north of Iraq, the Kurdish region, tries to send back the displaced people from Iraq to their village of origin.  A return programme is being set up in the spring of 2021. Nearly one million displaced people from Mosul, Sinjar and the Nineveh Plain are expected to leave. Most of the refugees from Syria are still living in tent camps. A colossal amount of reconstruction work needs to be undertaken to enable the return of these displaced persons. In Sinjar, a region liberated in December 2015, the villages, although terribly damaged, are gradually taking in the displaced Yezidi in August 2014. We are participating in this return through the construction of schools (6 schools with 12 classrooms to date). We are working on a project to build a permanent school (18 classrooms) in the town of Sinjar, 80% of which was destroyed in 2014.

Similarly, we are supporting the functioning of our education centre that we have set up in the Yezidi camp for displaced populations in Sharya, in the north of Iraq. In addition, we will continue our support to the life base for the 26 Yezidi and Chaldean students at the University of Mosul.

 

Goal

Educate the displaced Yezidi children in Iraqi Kurdistan, enable the return of the displaced Yezidi to their villages, offer the right to university to Iraqi minorities (Yezidi, Chaldean) and participate in the stabilisation of Iraq. Provide education for Kurdish refugee children from Syria.

 

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