The KRG has pro­vided 90 % of the hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to Syr­ian refugees

High-rank­ing KRG of­fi­cial strongly crit­i­cizes the UN and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity for not help­ing refugees in Kur­dis­tan as they do in other coun­tries.

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE - By Salih Wal­ad­bagi

An of­fi­cial from the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Govern­ment’s Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs has strongly crit­i­cized the UN and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity for not help­ing Syr­ian refuges in Kur­dis­tan as they do in other coun­tries such as Jor­dan and Le­banon.

Din­dar Ze­bari, Deputy to the head of the Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs, told the Kur­dish Globe that al­most 90 % of the hu­man­i­tar­ian aid pro­vided to Syr­ian refugees has been pro­vided by the lo­cal govern­ment.

“The num­ber of Syr­ian refugees in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion is now in the re­gion of 250, 000, and their num­bers are in­creas­ing con­stantly,” Ze­bari said.

He fur­ther stated that the refugees have been dis­trib­uted over the three prov­inces of Kur­dis­tan. He also re­marked that the UN and other in­ter­na­tional agen­cies should not dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween refugee camps in Kur­dis­tan and other coun­tries, and asked them to help in Kur­dis­tan in the same way they help in other ar­eas.

Ze­bari said the Iraqi fed­eral govern­ment and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity should draw up a spe­cial plan for re­lo­cat­ing the refugees to new fa­cil­i­ties be­fore the on­set of win­ter, which is harsh in Kur­dis­tan. He added that there are many stu­dents within the refugees who need ba­sic aid with their stud­ies.

Be­war Rasheed, a 16year-old Syr­ian Kur­dish refugee, was a high school stu­dent back in Syria. He says, “I can’t study here be­cause ev­ery­thing is dif­fer­ent. The whole sys­tem is dif­fer­ent, and I’m not at all clear about my fu­ture. Hope­fully, that won’t last for­ever.” Raseed hopes the KRG and the UN will open high schools in ar­eas near the camps, so the refugees will not have to go with­out ed­u­ca­tion.

Since the con­flict erupted in the coun­try, more two mil­lion Syr­i­ans have taken refuge in neigh­bor­ing coun­tries in­clud­ing Le­banon, Jor­dan, Turkey, Iraq in­clud­ing the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, and Egypt. That num­ber is ex­pected to in­crease to more than three mil­lion by the end of the year.

Re­gard­ing the open bor­der with Syria, Ze­bari stated that the bor­der is open now and has yet to be closed. “It should be borne in mind that the bor­der cross­ing is un­of­fi­cial; it is just for send­ing hu­man­i­tar­ian aid to the peo­ple in Syria.”

The KRG has also helped the refugees fi­nan­cially, but it can­not sat­isfy all the needs in the newly-founded camps be­cause of the in­creas­ing num­ber of Syr­ian refugees in the Re­gion.

The KRG con­firmed that it needs sup­port in this re­gard from the Iraqi govern­ment, the UN and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

A Syr­ian girl child stands in front of her tent in a refugee camp in Er­bil, cap­i­tal of the au­tonomous Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

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