PM Barzani calls for international community to help refugees
sponsibility and provide them with humanitarian assistance,” Barzani said.
He added that government institutions have done their best with local and international organizations to deliver assistance to all refugee camps across the Kurdistan Region.
For his part Antonio Guterres, Head of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), applauded Kurdistan for taking in so many refugees and urged the world to offer help.
At the Khazar camp, Guterres said:"I am humbled by the generosity and the solidarity of the government and of the people of Kurdistan in this very difficult moment," the AFP news agency reported.
He agreed with the Kurdish Prime Minister that the new influx of the Iraqi refugees has put greater strain on the Kurdish government and its resources.
“And even with those limited resources, the government and people of Kurdistan have been receiving all these people and sharing with them everything they have,” AFP quoted him saying.
Just a day earlier the UN official met with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad, where he appealed for international help for the Iraqi refugees.
The KRG’s own resources are overstretched due to a budget freeze by Baghdad for more than six months.