Duhok over­loaded with refugees

Duhok gov­er­norate of­fi­cially an­nounced emer­gency humanitarian state

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Duhok gov­er­norate of­fi­cially de­clared a humanitarian state of emer­gency be­cause of the large num­ber of IDPs in the city. De­pend­ing on the Duhok prov­ince in­for­ma­tion, the to­tal pop­u­la­tion of Duhok is 1,100,000 peo­ple. Af­ter Mo­sul and Shan­gal crises, there are more than 900,000 IDPs peo­ple who have sought refuge in the city which means the num­ber of the IDPs is close to the num­ber of the host com­mu­nity. IDPs in­clude Arabs, Kurds, Ezi­dies, Christians and Shabaks.

In a press con­fer­ence held in Duhok city last week, the Gover­nor of Duhok Farhad Atrushi stated that Duhok gov­er­norate is now host­ing close to 900,000 refugees. Many are now in the towns of Khanke, Shariya, Zahko, and Shekhan and in and around Duhok it­self.

They are scat­tered across hun­dreds of sites. Some are stay­ing with rel­a­tives; oth­ers are in schools, churches, mosques, parks and shells of apart­ment build­ings with­out wa­ter or elec­tric­ity.

The city has al­ready em­braced great num­ber of refugees from Mo­sul and Christians from other ar­eas. So be­cause of the in­creas­ing num­ber of the refugees in the city, Atrushi said: “We might not be able to pro­vide enough as­sis­tance to them alone. This process needs to be achieved in co­op­er­a­tion with the gov­ern­ment and all the other re­lated au­thor­i­ties,”

UNHCR is dis­tribut­ing mat­tresses, blan­kets, emer­gency re­lief kits, house­hold items and hy­giene kits to lo­ca­tions in Duhok, Zakho, Akre, Shekhan, Khanke and the vil­lage of Ba­jet Kan­dela. We are also wit­ness­ing enor­mous gen­eros­ity by the lo­cal com­mu­nity who are spon­ta­neously hand­ing out aid.

Thou­sands of peo­ple left their homes and fled to the Shin­gal Mount and Kur­dis­tan Re­gion af­ter ISIS in­sur­gents at­tacked Shin­gal town, specif­i­cally tar­get­ing the Yazidi peo­ple whom they con­sider to be "devil wor­ship­pers." Those who stay in the moun­tains face hunger and thirst. So far, more than 60 chil­dren and el­derly have per­ished.

Since the start of US air strikes against the po­si­tions of the Is­lamic State ISIS last week, Pesh­merga forces opened a safe cor­ri­dor for the Yezidi families to reach the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion through Ro­java (Syr­ian Kur­dis­tan), where the Kur­dish Peo­ple's Pro­tec­tion Units (YPG) are in charge.

Hos­pi­tals and clin­ics in Duhok have been re­ceiv­ing thou­sands of Kur­dishYezidis from the Mount Shin­gal with 100 doc­tors join­ing the re­lief ef­forts as vol­un­teers.

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