Unimpeded Access Key to Reaching Victims of Fighting in Ramadi

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Iraqi Youth Assembly (IYA) has sent emergency food and water supplies to more than 20,000 displaced people who were forced to flee the recent fighting in and around Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province. The delivery of these urgent supplies was made amid a number of challenges on the way to the makeshift camps in Baghdad, Amiriyat Al Fallujah, and Habbaniyya, where thousands more need urgent help.

“It is crucial to have unhampered access to help all those in need,” said the Country directory of Iraq Ahmed Al-Doori. “All parties must provide our humanitarian convoys with safe and rapid access so that food, water, and medical supplies can reach the people without delay.”

As an initial response to the renewed wave of violence, the Iraqi Youth Assembly (IYA) delivered 25,000 one-liter bottles of drinking water to people who fled Ramadi and settled in Amiriyat Al Fallujah and along the road to Baghdad. The Iraqi Youth Assembly (IYA) has also been providing food, blankets, hygiene products, kitchen sets, jerry cans and other items to more than 10,000 people.

Families receive emergency relief at one camp in the Buzeibiz bridge area of Baghdad.

“There is an increasing number of displaced people suffering from measles, scabies and other contagious diseases. This is because of the poor sanitation, inadequate shelter, and a lack of clean water and access to health care,” said Belal Head of Baghdad Office.

Since the onset of the recent conflict in Iraq in 2014, the Iraqi youth Assembly (IYA) has been providing life-saving assistance to hundreds of thousands of people affected by the fighting.

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