Num­ber of Syr­ian Refugees Mounts in Kur­dis­tan

Over­crowd­ing and poor health con­di­tions in­creases the risk of com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases in Domiz Camp.

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

The num­ber of the Syr­ian refugees who has thus far flooded to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion of Iraq jumped to 133, 875 peo­ple. An of­fi­cial says the Domiz Camp, which sits about 60 kilo­me­ters from the Syr­ian bor­der amidst an im­pos­ing moun­tain land­scape, is lo­cated in the prov­ince of Duhok. The num­ber is in­creas­ing day af­ter the day.

The num­ber of the Syr­ian refugees who has thus far flooded to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion of Iraq jumped to 133, 875 peo­ple. An of­fi­cial says the Domiz Camp, which sits about 60 kilo­me­ters from the Syr­ian bor­der amidst an im­pos­ing moun­tain land­scape, is lo­cated in the prov­ince of Duhok. The num­ber is in­creas­ing day af­ter the day.

Ac­cord­ing to Salim Saeed, head of Press Depart­ment of the Camp, says that the camp is not built to ac­com­mo­date that large num­ber of refugees. “So around 28,000 of them left the camp and now live in the cities across the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion,” he said.

Over­crowd­ing and poor liv­ing con­di­tions put res­i­dents of the camp at high risk of – and vul­ner­a­bil­ity to – com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases, ac­cord­ing to the hu­man­i­tar­ian in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Saeed also added that around 400 new refugees come to the camp ev­ery day while there is no place for fur­ther ac­com­mo­dat­ing peo­ple.

Stéphane Reynier, emer­gency co­or­di­na­tor for the in­ter­na­tional med­i­cal hu­man­i­tar­ian or­ga­ni­za­tion Doc­tors With­out Bor­ders/ Médecins Sans Fron­tières (MSF) says that the health sys­tem in Syria has col­lapsed and a large amount of peo­ple do not have ac­cess to health care.

He also added that chil­dren are the ma­jor vic­tims of the on­go­ing civil war in Syria, adding that a large num­ber of them have not over the past two years re­ceived their rou­tine vac­ci­na­tions.

Fol­low­ing a num­ber of re­ported measles cases in the camp, in April our teams vac­ci­nated over 19,500 peo­ple aged be­tween six months and 29 years against measles, work­ing with the Iraqi depart­ment of health. Measles still re­mains one of the key childhood mur­derer dis­eases, so vac­ci­na­tion cam­paigns can be life­sav­ing.

A se­nior United Na­tions hu­man­i­tar­ian of­fi­cial told the UN news center that the to­tal num­ber of peo­ple in need of as­sis­tance as a re­sult of the on­go­ing con­flict in Syria is now 8.3 mil­lion, rep­re­sent­ing about 38 per cent of the coun­try’s pop­u­la­tion.

In Jan­uary, more than $1.5 bil­lion was vowed by donors for the hu­man­i­tar­ian re­sponse to the Syr- ian cri­sis. Early next month, the UN and NGOs are due to de­clare a re­vised fund­ing ap­peal in light of the grow­ing needs.

This pic­ture shows Syr­ian refugees’ Domiz Camp in Duhok city.

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