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Urgent - Winter Appeal for Kurdish Refugees

Raising funds for Heyva Sor because Kurdish refugees urgently need international aid

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Heyva Sor

We provide humanitarian support & relief to refugees of all faiths & beliefs.

Charity Registration No. 1093741

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More than 900,000 Kurds from Kobane and Shengal have fled ISIS attacks and face a bitter winter in refugee camps. The UN predicts that many vulnerable people may not survive the winter unless more aid money can be raised. Heyva Sor is the main charity supporting Kurdish refugees, where UN and other agencies have no presence. 

Already temperatures are below zero; winter shoes, Heaters and Tents URGENTLY needed. Many camps also needs water and sanitation, while babies need baby food.

Please donate to help this vital work continue to save lives. 

The attacks of the Islamic State (IS/ISIS) on Kurds, Assyrians, Christians and Turkmens in Shengal (Iraqi Kurdistan) and Kobane (Rojava, Syrian Kurdistan) have worsened what was already the 'world’s biggest humanitarian crisis'.[1] An estimated 400,000 Kurds were forced to flee from Kobane by ISIS advances only a month after they displaced half a million Yazidi Kurds from Shengal in August 2014. This adds to the 3 million refugees from the Syrian civil war and the 1.9 million displaced by ISIS this year alone in Iraq [U.N. refugee agency UNHCR - 1] .

The regional response plan for Syria is only 40% funded, leaving a huge shortfall. This has already caused the
UN’s World Food Programme to suspend food vouchers and 'will see vulnerable children and families die from cold, hunger and illness this winter.' [2,3] Urgent support from the international community is needed.

While the UN has failed to reach out to aid the Kurds (partly due to lack of funds and partly due to difficult access zones), Heyva Sor has set up refugee camps in Syria, Iraq and Turkey for the hundreds of thousands of displaced people from Shengal and Kobane and has the potential to fill in this void created by UN. The vast majority of the people in these camps are women and children. Having fled their homes in fear of their lives, with only the clothes on their backs, many of the children are pictured wearing open-toed shoes in the cold weather, while scavenging food dropped on the street. [4] The temperature is already below freezing and more suitable tents, sheltering containers and heaters are needed, along with more food and medical supplies. Heyva Sor needs donations from the international community to help these refugees and those still stuck in Kobane [5] survive winter.

Please donate - with Christmas approaching please help us buy these children food and clothing that will help them survive this winter.


[1] http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/11/11/us-syria-crisis-refugees-idUSKCN0IV16320141111

[2] http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/01/syrian-refugees-food-crisis-un-world-programme

[3] http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/public/charity/article1484971.ece

[4] http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/young-kobane-refugees-left-starving-4462846

[5] http://kurdishquestion.com/kurdistan/west-kurdistan/urgent-appeal-from-kobane-canton-government.html

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