#17: Winter is Coming

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DarylAcross Iraq and the region, millions of Iraqis and Syrians fleeing ISIS face another threat: winter. How are the U.S. and governments in the region responding to this fast approaching humanitarian emergency? Can aid agencies move fast enough to provide shelter for so many before the freezing temperatures and heavy rains begin?

Daryl Grisgraber, a senior advocate at Refugees International, stops by our office for an in-depth conversation about the growing crisis and what you can do to help. Having just returned from Iraq, Daryl shares her experiences with us and what she believes is needed to protect Iraqis from the coming winter.

Rains flood refugee camps in Dohuk Governorate of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). The KRI is currently hosting 200,000 displaced Syrians and nearly 800,000 displaced Iraqis. Another one million Iraqis are desperately seeking shelter in other parts of Iraq.
Rains flood refugee camps in Dohuk Governorate of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI). The KRI is currently hosting 200,000 displaced Syrians and nearly 800,000 displaced Iraqis. Another one million Iraqis are desperately seeking shelter in other parts of Iraq.

“Winter is coming” is more than just a warning from the House of Stark. It’s a harsh reality that millions of displaced and vulnerable Iraqis and Syrians will soon face.

With winter looming, you can be a part of the emergency humanitarian response by making a charitable contribution to one of these key agencies:

UNHCR: the UN Refugee Agency
UNICEF: the United Nations Children’s Fund
International Committee of the Red Cross
International Rescue Committee
International Medical Corps
Mercy Corps

Also, check out the New York Times article mentioned regarding schools as shelters in Iraq.

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Time Index:

00:30 – Intro
02:30 – Iraq Update with Erik Gustafson
08:10 – Featured Guest: Daryl Grisgraber of Refugees International
40:20 – Closing
41:18 – End