There are more than 55 refugee camps in Iraqi Kurdistan, 14 of those camps are in Erbil. More than 105,766 displaced persons live inside these camps. Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation is focused today, 27 June 2018, on providing three camps, considered the most vulnerable camps, with solar light called wakawaka lights.
Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation distributed about 550 solar lights to the disabled refugees and children residing in Khazar camp, Hassan Sham U2 camp, and Hassan Sham U3 camp. Disabled refugees face enormous problems living day-to-day in refugee camps and rely heavily on humanitarian aid.
Solar lights provide enough light for refugees to perform tasks at night, without the need to rely on making dangerous fires or the use of expensive, and often in short supply, batteries. Wakawaka solar lights have different settings (high or low), and a blinking option to scare off wild animals or signal distress.
The use of solar light has proven to be extremely useful in reducing camp crime, such as child kidnappings. The small, nearly weightless, design makes it easy to carry around (versus many other lamps, which are traditionally bulky and heavy). Women, for example, use it to go to the bathroom at night.
“Predators depend on darkness to attack us. With light, they can be identified,” says Jassim.
Because these camps are far away from the city and are near the city of Mosul, they did not receive sufficient humanitarian aid and Bring Hope is committed to continuous support for these most vulnerable people. To help shed light for these victims of war and aggression, see bringhope.info.