Caught in the crossfire of an increasingly unstable region, over 800 displaced Iraqi civilians in a camp near Mosul are now suffering from acute food poisoning after breaking their Ramadan fast on Monday night.
Over 200 people suffering from severe vomiting and dehydration were brought to nearby hospitals in Erbil, where EMERGENCY’s hospital treats patients 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In the past few months, the number of patients at the Erbil hospital has increased drastically, with over 600 operations performed since January 2017.
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In refugee camps where there is little or no access to running water and electricity, and consequently terrible hygienic conditions, outbreaks such as this are common. This incident highlights how essential EMERGENCY’s work is in providing free, high-quality medical care to thousands of Iraqi citizens and other people worldwide living beneath the shadow of war and poverty.