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In pictures: Winter relief provided by Iraqi Red Crescent Society

An estimated 3.2 million internally displaced people (IDPs) have fled from conflict in Iraq, 80 per cent of whom are in the Kurdistan Region. Alongside these IDPs, there are some 245,000 Syrian refugees in the country.

Life is not easy for displaced people, particularly during winter months. Iraqi Red Crescent Society has been distributing food and non-food relief items to those in greatest need.

 

In Shaqlawa, children from a displaced family greet Iraqi Red Crescent Society volunteers when they arrive at their home. Photo: Stephen Ryan / IFRC 

 

Children standing by with excitement while relief items are unloaded outside the temporary shelter they are staying in. Photo: Stephen Ryan / IFRC

 

A family receives relief items from Iraqi Red Crescent Society volunteers at their shelter. Photo: Stephen Ryan / IFRC

 

The lamp this family receive will see them through the dark winter nights, and allow the children to continue their studies after sunset. Photo: Stephen Ryan / IFRC

 

A girl carries relief items including a kerosine lamp and jerry can, provided by Iraqi Red Crescent Society volunteers. Photo: Stephen Ryan / IFRC

 

Iraqi Red Crescent Society volunteers unload a truckload of relief items to be provided to people in Las, near Shaqlawa, in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Photo: Stephen Ryan / IFRC

 

Iraqi Red Crescent Society volunteers distribute this truckload of relief items to a community where many are staying in abandoned or unfinished homes. Photo: Stephen Ryan / IFRC

 

Each family on the distribution list receives a heater, blanket, mattress, tarpaulin and other household items. Photo: Stephen Ryan / IFRC

 

A woman is helped by the young children in her family to carry relief items from the distribution point to her home. Photo: Stephen Ryan / IFRC

 

Samir, a refugee from Syria carries relief items provided by Iraqi Red Crescent Society to the shelter where he is living with his wife and children. They left Syria more than two years ago. Photo: Stephen Ryan / IFRC

 

Samir's daughter sits at the entrance of the temporary shelter. The family has been living in this shelter on the side of a street in Erbil for over a year. Photo: Stephen Ryan / IFRC

 

Iraqi Red Crescent Society teams take the details of a family of refugees from Syria in need of additional assistance, in Erbil city. Photo: Stephen Ryan / IFRC

 

Khalaf together with his granddaughter, Abir. Eleven families from a village near Sinjar are staying together in this abandoned building in Qadesh, Dohuk. Photo: Stephen Ryan / IFRC


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