Updated: 09/26/2013 7:50 PM
Created: 09/25/2013 10:03 PM KSTP.com
By: Tim Sherno
The Syrian refugee crisis continues, as an estimated two million people remain displaced by violence.
Mustafa Omar is the Executive Director of Shelter For Life International, a non-profit that provides disaster relief in Afghanistan, Sudan, Senegal,Tajikistan and now to Syrian refugees in Iraq. Omar describes conditions in camps as "beyond overcrowded."
"The U.N. set that (camp) up with a capacity of 25,000," he said. "They had last counted 65,000 people in that camp; it was overflowing."
Omar says many refugees crossed the border into Iraq with few possessions, "The lucky ones had a couple of suitcases. Many of them, quite a number people that I happen to run into, said they just decided to leave, got the whole family gathered and left."
There is growing concern as colder winter months approach in Northern Iraq. Shelter For Life International's Omar says winter may not be as severe as winter in Minnesota, but refugees will be forced to face the weather in temporary structures.
"There will be snow; it will get to freezing level," he said. "But you can think about the harshness of that will be substantially higher because the walls that you have is a tent."