Cordaid is coordinating the emergency relief in Iraqi Kurdistan, which is provided by 13 Dutch aid agencies united in the Dutch Relief Alliance. The emergency relief is earmarked for the many displaced people who have fled from the terrorist group IS. There are almost one million displaced people in Iraqi Kurdistan. Most of them are Yazidis, but many of the displaced are also Christians and Muslims. Nine percent of them are in refugee camps, while the rest have found other kinds of shelter.
IS has a large part of Iraq in a stranglehold, though it’s not even clear how many people are fighting for them. The frontline is near the Iraqi city of Mosul, which was captured by IS on 10 June 2014. The capture came as a surprise, because the Iraqi army seemed to have set up strong defenses in the city. When the city fell, people panicked and fled, especially Christians.