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Blankets, relief kits support displaced Iraqis (REACH Photo/Sarwar A. Arif)

(REACH Photo/Sarwar A. Arif)

Blankets, relief kits support displaced Iraqis

October 25, 2011

Saman Bapier was one of 300 people in Iraq who accepted blankets and relief kits, supplied by Mennonite Central Committee (MCC), for their displaced families in late September. Bapier, his wife and three children were living in a temporary tent after being forced from their home in the village of Dola Sebar, Iraq, by bombing in August. Cross-border shelling, aerial bombardment and incursions by Turkish and Iranian forces are ongoing near the borders shared by the two countries and northern Iraq, where Kurdish rebels operate.

MCC’s partner, Rehabilitation, Education and Community Health (REACH), purchased and distributed the supplies in the Haji Omaran area. MCC also sent additional relief kits and comforters for 500-550 more families (about 3,600 people) for REACH to distribute as the violence continues. MCC’s and REACH’s efforts supplement other non-food items provided by the United Nations High Commission on Refugees. To see the contents of the relief kit, visit (REACH Photo/Sarwar A. Arif)

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