Iraqi Red Crescent Society dispatches aid convoys as renewed violence forces thousands to flee Ramadi

Published: 19 May 2015 14:04 CET

Recent fighting in the central Iraqi city of Ramadi forced thousands of people to flee their houses and look for refuge in other safer areas in the country, particularly in Al Amiriyah Fallujah and Al Khalidiya in Al Anbar province. The Iraqi Red Crescent Society reported that more than 2,000 families were displaced by the latest round of violence, worsening the already fragile humanitarian situation in the country.

“The situation in the city is bad, and fighting continues to take place in several neighbourhoods. We witnessed many people losing their lives because of the exchange of fire,” said Abu Ahmed, who was displaced by recent violence. “We were forced to leave our house and head to Al Amiriyah Fallujah in search for safety.”

Asmaa Naeem, who also fled her house in Ramadi, said: “Our lives are under threat, and the city centre is now empty of people. Everyone fled towards Al Amiriyah Fallujah and Al Khalidiya hoping to escape death.”

The Iraqi Red Crescent Society has immediately geared up to respond to the new humanitarian crisis the country, and has dispatched aid convoys to cater to the needs of the newly displaced families. The National Society has so far distributed 1,000 food portions, 500 blankets, 250 hygiene kits, and 750 relief kits to the internally displaced people (IDPs).

The recent fighting put an additional strain on the resources of the Iraqi Red Crescent Society who was already providing urgent support for more than 2,500 families who had fled to the cities of Habbaniyah, Fallujah and Husaibah last month. The organization had distributed 1,000 food baskets, 1,200 blankets, 8,500 meals and more than 38,000 bottles of water to the IDPs, while also attending to the specific needs of children through providing 28,000 meals for them in refugee camps and other public areas where displaced families have relocated to.