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Christian Bobst
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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Social inclusion» in Iraq

Some 10 million people now need humanitarian aid as a result of the armed conflict in Iraq. Many have fled Islamic State (IS) into Kurdish regions or abroad. Despite being one of today's worst humanitarian crises, it risks being forgotten as it is not receiving the same attention as the Syrian crisis. UN and NGO aid projects are seriously underfunded. HEKS/EPER has been providing emergency relief in Northern Iraq since winter 2014/2015. Up to the end of 2016, internally displaced people and host families in Sulaymaniyah, Halabja and Diyalla Province are being supplied with food, cooling units, heating oil and «cash for work», in a joint endeavour with the local partner organisation «REACH».

HEKS/EPER in Iraq

Facts

Roughly 75000 people benefited from improved drinking water supplies as well as sanitary and health conditions in three refugee camps in 2017, with the help of HEKS/EPER.

Ever more people are being excluded because of their social background, ethnicity, age, gender or religion. Integrating people with a migration background can be compounded, for example, by the lack of the requisite language proficiency, ignorance of Switzerland's cultural specificities or by disadvantages on the job market. HEKS/EPER works actively to ensure that the affected people have access to education, work, government programmes and services. But integration is incumbent on society as a whole, which calls for openness as well as regulatory structures that ensure the right of social participation for all. This implies that everyone has the same rights and opportunities and that features such as gender, age, social background, nationality or religion do not give rise to discrimination.