IRAQ: Beth Nahrain Organization for Women launches aid campaign for Baghdede wedding hall fire victims

BAGHDEDE, Iraq — As part of its ongoing work to support the families of the victims of the tragic wedding hall fire in the Nineveh Plains town of Baghdede (Qaraqosh / Hamdaniya), Iraq, that has devastated the Chaldean–Syriac–Assyrian community, the Beth Nahrain Organization for Women (BNOW), in cooperation with Dutch non-profit Ismail Foundation, distributed medical aid to those injured in the fire and to the wider community.

The campaign took place in coordination with medical staff from hospitals in Baghdede.

According to BNOW officials, most of the medicines are intended to treat burns of various degrees and hide the effects of burns.

The tragedy that befell Baghdede resulted in the deaths of over 130 people and left hundreds of others with serious injuries and third-degree burns. The Iraqi government arranged for a large number of the injured to be treated in neighboring countries due to the scarcity of medical capacity and supplies.

Despite a quick investigation by Baghdad determining that the cause of the fire was accidental, a coalition of American humanitarian organizations have launched an independent investigation into the cause of the fire.

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