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Christian Bobst
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HEKS/EPER is making a difference in the «Access to land and resources» 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.

Rural communities need unimpeded access to natural resources such as land, water, pastures, savannahs or forests if they are to develop. The possibility to use these resources is critical to fighting hunger and poverty. Agriculture is, after all, the most important source of income for many rural communities. With crop farming, small plantations, livestock rearing, fishing or gathering they can secure their food supply and generate income by selling their produce. Land also serves communities as living space and reinforces cultural and spiritual identity. Many rural communities still lack access to land or risk losing it despite existing or traditional law. HEKS/EPER therefore helps them, through numerous projects, to secure long-term access to land and resources, both practically and legally.