As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, so does the risk to our people in the Homeland. Most are still recovering from war, internal displacement, and, recently, flooding from torrential rains. All are extremely vulnerable to the spread of the virus.
In north Iraq, health systems are fragile and already stretched to provide for the ‘routine’ needs of the population. COVID-19 is increasing pressure on these systems; none are adequately equipped to deal with a crisis of this magnitude.
Assyrian Aid Society works to provide aid to vulnerable Assyrians in times of crisis. As the virus first arrived, our mobile clinic along and volunteers worked to bring medical technicians and field examinations to our villages and communities. However, as the government’s stay-at-home orders took effect and then grew longer, immediate access to food became paramount for rural and urban Iraqis alike.
Therefore, distributing food became the top priority for AAS-Iraq. With a government dispensation as an essential service, AAS-Iraq has begun delivering rice, sugar, tea, tomato paste, cooking oil, milk, pasta, bulgur wheat, cheese, and canned meats.
Assyrians in the Homeland are relying upon the Assyrian Aid Society. Your donations today will help them as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.