Nearly two years into the displacement crisis facing Iraqi Christians of the Nineveh Plain, CNEWA remains deeply committed in helping them cope with what CNEWA’s Michel Constantin calls “a really bad, bad situation.”
“Our strategy,” explained Mr. Constantin, who coordinates CNEWA’s emergency responses in Iraq, “is to sustain the facilities we set up. This includes three dispensaries and two mobile clinics serving 20,000 families, plus one school serving 680 students. For the coming year, we are raising funds to sustain the same level of services.”
“We believe the situation in Iraqi Kurdistan is going from bad to worse,” he added. “The government doesn’t have enough funds to sustain the refugees. And they are, really, refugees — but because they are living in the same country they can’t receive that classification. They are considered ‘internally displaced people.’ ” This leaves them ineligible for some forms of international aid, including access to public housing and schools.
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