Displaced Iraqis require assistance

Stacy Ragan / American Red Cross / IFRC
Many Iraqis have fled the fighting and taken refuge in the neighbouring country of Syria
Image: Stacy Ragan / American Red Cross / IFRC

The Finnish Red Cross is launching a collection campaign to support the relief work of the International Red Cross Movement in the conflict-affected areas in Iraq. More than a million people have been forced to flee from their homes, and thousands have been wounded or killed in the conflict.

You can donate to the disaster relief fund:
  • By texting the word SPR to 16499 (€15/text message)
  • By telephone: Call 0600-122 20 (€20.28 + local network charge)
  • If you want your donation to go to Iraq, donate to the account: Nordea FI06 2219 1800 0680 00, write Iraq in the message area
  • By texting the word SPR to 16499 (€15/text message)
  • By telephone: Call 0600-122 20 (€20.28 + local network charge)
  • If you want your donation to go to Iraq, donate onlineor to the account: Nordea FI06 2219 1800 0680 00, write Iraq in the message area

Lähettämällä tekstiviestin SPR numeroon 16499 (15 € / tekstiviesti)

Tekemällä lahjoituksen verkossa

Tilille: Nordea FI06 2219 1800 0680 00, kirjoita viestikenttään Gaza-keräys

Puhelimella: Soita 0600-122 20 (20,28 € + pvm)

Katastrofirahastoon voi lahjoittaa:

  • Lähettämällä tekstiviestin SPR numeroon 16499 (15 € / tekstiviesti)
  • Tekemällä lahjoituksen verkossa
  • Tilille: Nordea FI06 2219 1800 0680 00, kirjoita viestikenttään Gaza-keräys
  • Puhelimella: Soita 0600-122 20 (20,28 € + pvm)

- See more at: http://www.punainenristi.fi/uutiset/20140804/suomen-punainen-risti-kaynn...

Katastrofirahastoon voi lahjoittaa:
  • Lähettämällä tekstiviestin SPR numeroon 16499 (15 € / tekstiviesti)
  • Tekemällä lahjoituksen verkossa
  • Tilille: Nordea FI06 2219 1800 0680 00, kirjoita viestikenttään Gaza-keräys
  • Puhelimella: Soita 0600-122 20 (20,28 € + pvm)

- See more at: http://www.punainenristi.fi/uutiset/20140804/suomen-punainen-risti-kaynn...

The Kurdistan Youth and Students Union - Finland has launched a collection campaign to help Kurds who are fleeing the fighting. The union has published information about the situation in Iraq and encourages Kurds living in Finland to provide assistance.

– We have relatives and friends in Iraq who are suffering because of the fighting across the country. The Kurdish community is concerned about the number of refugees and the prolonged conflict, says Besaran Ata Ahmed, Chairman of the union.

The union’s advisor Shahram Atami hopes that the situation will settle down and people can return to their homes safely.

The Finnish Red Cross is launching a collection campaign to support those who need assistance in Iraq. The proceeds from the collection will be used in the relief work of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in the conflict-affected areas in Iraq.

The ICRC has been operating in Iraq since 1980. Over the past six months, the committee has concentrated their efforts on helping those who are suffering from the conflict. The ICRC provides assistance impartially to all who require it, and strives to focus its assistance on the most critical areas, taking the safety situation into account.

The ICRC has delivered hundreds of thousands of relief items

Since the beginning of the year, the ICRC has distributed one-month food rations to more than 200,000 Iraqis. Relief items, such as clothes, blankets, and toiletries, have been delivered to the areas that are suffering most from the conflict. The ICRC works together with the Iraqi Red Crescent Society to provide assistance in the area.

– Thousands of Iraqis have been caught in the middle of the fighting. Some are trapped on Mount Sinjar, while others have been forced to flee their homes several times and take refuge in other areas. The need for assistance is great, says Patrick Youssef, who leads the ICRC’s relief work in Iraq.

Hospitals are full of injured people

Hospitals across Iraq are full of patients, and health care providers are forced to work in difficult conditions. Over the last few weeks, the International Committee of the Red Cross has delivered medical supplies to hospitals in northern Iraq.

Al-Jumhuri Hospital in Mosul has been in great need of various supplies. The ICRC has delivered 4,000 kilos of medical supplies to the hospital, allowing the medical personnel to provide assistance to thousands of patients.

The ICRC is reminding all parties involved in the hostilities of their obligation to comply with international humanitarian law. Everyone who is wounded or sick must be granted safe access to health care. Medical facilities and personnel must also be protected.