We have been given donations of medical equipment by generous Donors that will be delivered to Sinjar Hospital in Northern Iraq. The equipment is packed into our shipping container heading for Kurdistan right now.
History of the Sinjar Region and Yazidi people:
Sinjar has been the centre of the homeland for Yazidi (religious minority) people for generations. Sinjar is the city that was decimated by ISIS/Daesh on 3 August, 2014. On that day, thousands of Yazidi people fled their homes up onto Mt Sinjar to escape ISIS. It is believed that approximately 10,000+ Yazidi men, boys and old people were killed. Others perished on the mountain in the summer heat, in many cases because they had fled without water and food. About 5,000 women and girls were kidnapped by ISIS and have been held in captivity and sold many times as sex slaves in markets. There are still over 2,000 women and girls missing – either still in captivity of ISIS or killed and missing. Further atrocities were committed on 15 August 2014, in the village of Kojo/Cujo/Cujoo with 1,826 residents. ISIS separated the men from the women and all the men (except one young man who pretended to be dead from the shots he received) were killed and over 1,000 Yazidi women and children were kidnapped. Some of these women and girls are still in the hands of ISIS, some have been rescued by relatives paying a ransom to ISIS, some are still in captivity in refugee camps in Syria and some were beheaded by ISIS only last year.
Shortly after this genocide, 300,000+ Yazidi people fled into Syria and Kurdistan seeking refuge. They were placed into refugee camps in Kurdistan and have lived in the tents in these huge camps in shocking conditions for the past 6 years. Summer temperatures reach over 45 degrees and in the tents over 50 degrees. Winter brings chilling winds, rain in huge amounts that cause flooding of the tents and snow that has brought down roofing and buildings in the camps.
Since July 2020 close to 10,000 Yazidi’s have returned to Sinjar to try and rebuild their lives, their homes, their schools, their shops and employment opportunities. They are seeking response and assistance from the Iraqi government to acknowledge this genocide and assist in the rebuilding of Sinjar.
The hospital in Sinjar is a small 10 bed hospital with very little medical equipment. The needs are immense especially during this period of COVID-19. Last year, Kim and I took a new oxygen concentrator in our luggage to Kurdistan which was then transported to Sinjar hospital. Also a transportable oxygen concentrator for the ambulance was donated by a Doctor in Germany. These were the first oxygen concentrators given to the hospital and ambulance. Prior to our donation, patients had to be transported on a 6 hour journey in the one ambulance to a hospital in Mosul – many patients did not survive the journey.
Medical Equipment Donations for Sinjar Hospital:
Our Yazidi Doctor friend Dr Hussein had given us a list of medical items that are required by Sinjar hospital. Dr Hussein then updated me with the urgent request for oxygen.
Shortly after this request an anonymous donor made the offer to supply Sinjar hospital with the following new medical equipment:
- 1 x 10 litre Oxygen concentrator
- 1 x Oxygen Filling Station
- Spare parts and Oxygen Analysers
Together these items ensure that oxygen can be on hand on a continual basis for use in the hospital.
We have also been able to pack into our shipping container a donated Defibrillator, a Paediatric Ventilator, a stethoscope and 680 x Masks for Sinjar hospital.
Our Heartfelt thanks to:
We give thanks for the very generous donation of new medical equipment from our private donor in Australia
We acknowledge and thank Alethea Gold, Australian Ambassador for NGO smartAID for connecting us with the donor.
We thank John Hunter Hospital in Newcastle, Australia (through their biomedical department) for the donation of medical equipment and a private donor from Melbourne for the masks. JHH supplied many items for our last shipping container and we truly appreciate their support for our ongoing projects.
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