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No winter lasts forever, no spring skips its turn

[Assessment conducted in white tents where IDPs live in Sinjar mountain]

JEN believes that preparation for the coming winter is essential as the season makes IDPs' (internally displaced persons) already hard life even harder. One way to protect them from the harsh weather is distribution of winterization items. In order to meet the needs of IDPs as much as possible, JEN has started assessing every camp and area of Sinjar mountain.

From the 7th to the 10th of November last year, 30 assessment staff and JEN staff conducted interview to Yazidi people in the mountain as a part of needs assessment. The staff visited houses and camps to hear the voices of IDPs. Vouchers to receive winterization items were distributed thereafter.

[JEN staff conducting an interview]

Every interviewee was very supportive and cooperative, providing all the necessary information and documents needed when staff explained the reason and purpose of the interview at the door. In fact, most people offered tea and fruit for the staff, which shows the good relationship between JEN and IDPs. People show their appreciation for consistent and continuous support since 2014.

[Bananas offered by an IDP and JEN staff explaining about distribution voucher and how to keep it safe]

All the necessary information was collected, thanks to the 2,300 households in the mountain. We found out that almost every household was in immediate need of heaters/kerosene. Clothes/blankets were also common needs. Based on the assessment,

JEN has decided its action and started monthly distribution of kerosene pots and kerosene from November. We will continue our support so that IDPs will be able to survive the cold winter and welcome spring in a few months.

[30 assessment staff]

【JEN is now accepting donations. Your help would be very much appreciated.

January 19, 2017 in Iraq |