Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Henley man helps victims of Islamic State

WHILE we learn more about the atrocities carried out by the Islamic State in Iraq, a man from Henley is seeing the fallout first-hand.

For the last two years, Tom Robinson has been living in the war-torn country, where about 1.5 million people have been affected by the current conflict.

He is the 29-year-old founder and director of the Rise Foundation which, among other things, distributes clothes and food to refugees and provides doctors and funding for medical treatment. The foundation is based in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan region of Iraq, currently only an hour’s drive away from where Islamic State forces are.

It was launched with the intention of helping Syrian refugees but now its focus has switched to those fleeing from the jihadist militants.

Two weeks ago, Mr Robinson helped distribute food and emergency supplies to 50 Yazidi families who are sheltering in a school in Ankawa.

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