Se­nior U.S. of­fi­cial ar­rives in Er­bil to in­spect Syr­ian refugee camps

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U.S. se­nior of­fi­cial and sev­eral high-rank­ing KRG of­fi­cials vis­ited Er­bil’s Kourkosk camp for Syr­ian refugees on Satur­day, De­cem­ber 14. The KRG of­fi­cials con­firm that it has not yet re­ceived the nec­es­sary funds to help the refugees.

Anne Richard, the as­sis­tance of U.S Sec­re­tary of State for Pop­u­la­tion and Refugees Af­fairs, said she vis­ited the camp in or­der to be in­formed of the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion of the Syr­ian refugees.

She stated that she talked with the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment’s (KRG) of­fi­cials how to sup­port and help the man­age­ment of the camp to con­duct its af­fairs.

Richard said that the rea­son of her visit is to see how the UN dis­trib­uted the hu­man­i­tar­ian aids as well as what the refugees need at the mo­ment.

The KRG has thus far built seven per­ma­nent camps in ad­di­tion to sev­eral mo­bile camps. KRG deputy for­eign re­la­tions of­fi­cial, Din­dar Ze­bar­iZe­bari, pointed out that the gov­ern­ment has not yet re­ceived the nec­es­sary funds to sup­port the refugees. He fur­ther stated that the Re­gion needs funds very ur­gently.

The KRG a few days ago an­nounced that it has so far al­lo­cated more than $70 mil­lion from its own bud­get to ac­com­mo­date the refugees across the Kur­dis­tan.

Ze­bari at­tended a meet­ing at the head­quar­ters of the UN High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees UNHCR in Geneva in Switzer­land to talk about the cri­sis and con­se­quences of the Syr­ian dis­place­ment in Kur­dis­tan and neigh­bor­ing coun­tries.

The meet­ing was at­tended by Mo­hammed Sabir, Per­ma­nent Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Gov­ern­ment of Iraq to the United Na­tions in Geneva, and the am­bas­sador of Syr­ian as well as Egypt.

At the meet­ing Ze­bari called on the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to help and sup­port the refugees in Kur­dis­tan, adding that they need ur­gent hu­man­i­tar­ian aid as win­ter has started.

The KRG of­fi­cials have not been yet in­vited to at­tend the Geneva 2 meet­ing, how­ever, it em­braces 97 per­cent of the refugees in Iraq as con­firmed by Ze­bari.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­cent sta­tis­tics, the num­ber of the Syr­ian refugees who have taken shel­ter in Kur­dis­tan is in the re­gion of 230, 000.

There are four refugee camps in Er­bil, cap­i­tal of the fed­eral Kur­dis­tan Re­gion of Iraq, like Kourkosk, Dara Shakran, Baserma and Gosh Tapa. Around 50, 000 Syr­ian refugees, mostly Kurds, are liv­ing in the camps.

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