As a result of the ongoing conflict in Afrin region a large number of civilians have been displaced into neighboring region of Shahba. According to human rights reports well over 350,000 people have been displaced out of Afrin and are currently living under extremely difficult conditions in the open, lacking shelter, food, clean water and other basic necessities.
Additionally, many international NGOs have refused to operate in the region for fear of ongoing security concerns. The lack of international support and aid resulted in local NGOs such as the Kurdish Red Crescent calling for urgent support for the IDPs.
In addition to the thousands of Afrin residents displaced, the region was also supporting 150,000 IDPs from Idlib and Aleppo who have been doubly displaced as a result of the indiscriminate attacks on the city.
A large number of IDPs are now flowing into Kobane region and there are efforts to provide them with temporary shelters and housing. Many of the people in the community and surrounding villages have provided empty homes in villages as temporary shelters. However the IDPs lack any necessary and urgent materials.
Hêvî Foundation responded by providing a number of goods in support of the IDPs now in Kobane. The aid included blankets, gas, drinking water, portable gas and stoves, kitchen supplies, tents, mattresses, among other daily needs.
However, the urgent needs of the IDPs are still not entirely met. Goods such as baby formula, nappies, clothes, shoes and hygiene materials are urgently needed.