EU to donate EUR12 million to Kurdistan Syrian Refugees
A source from the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Representation office to European Union says the EU expressed gratitude towards KRG efforts in helping the Syrian refugees in the region.
Dilawar Azhgayee, KRG EU representative told a local Kurdish news website that as a result of efforts of the KRG, the EU has announced its intention to increase its aids for the Syrian refugees in Kurdistan Region.
Azhgayee said this has been stated in a letter from the European Commission that has been addressed to the EU Parliament on November 6th, 2013.
“European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva addressed the letter to Struan Stevenson, Member of the European Parliament
for Scotland, which was about the situation of the refugees, where she also appreciated KRG’s efforts in helping the refugees and giving them shelter to the refugees.
“By opening its borders towards the Syrian people, Kurdistan Region prevented a humanitarian disaster in the region,” wrote Georgieva in the letter. She also mentioned that EU has already donated EUR9 million via UNHCR, WFP and UNICEF to help improve the services and children’s life in Domiz Camp.
The letter mentions that the EU intends to donate an additional fund of EUR12 million for the refugees in Kurdistan.
The letter was a response to a letter from the EU Parliament dated September 25th, 2013, asking the European Commission for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response to help the Syrian refugees in Kurdistan Region further.
Azhgayee expressed his gratitude towards the initiative by the EU and stated that this has been achived through the hard work of their office to put pressure on the EU Parliament and the Commission to consider the refugees in Kurdistan Region while allocating funds and donations for the case of Syria.
He further vowed to continue its efforts to push for more assistance and funds for the refugees who live in a difficult situation, especially as the winter season is arriving and more assistance will be needed.
Syrian refugee children in Domiz camp, near Duhok, Kurdistan Region, December 6, 2012.