KRG of­fi­cial says 300 peo­ple freed from ISIS

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In an in­ter­view with the Kur­dish Kha­bat Daily, the or­gan of the Kur­dis­tan Demo­cratic Party (KDP), Dr. Nouri Oth­man, spe­cial en­voy of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment’s Prime Min­is­ter for the refugee is­sues in Duhok, says now there are 860 thou­sand refugees and dis­placed per­sons in Duhok prov­ince.

“240 thou­sand of th­ese are from Sin­jar, and the rest are from other ci­ties of Iraq, in ad­di­tion to a large num­ber of Syr­ian refugees,” Oth­man told Kha­bat Daily. “They have prob­lems in terms of ac­com­mo­da­tion, food, wa­ter and power sup­ply, cloth­ing, health­care, fuel, ed­u­ca­tion, clean­ing etc.”

Oth­man said the KRG is con­tin­u­ously work­ing on im­prov­ing their sit­u­a­tions and pro­vid­ing their needs as the win­ter sea­son has al­ready ar­rived.

“There are still 90 schools where the dis­placed fam­i­lies are ac­com­mo­dated, but the gov­ern­ment is work­ing hard to re­lo­cate them to camps, and in the com­ing days, all the 90 schools will be emp­tied.”

There are cur­rently around 1.75 mil­lion refugees and In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons IDPs in Kur­dis­tan, a re­gion with only 5.17 mil­lion pop­u­la­tion ac­cord­ing to most re­cent sur­veys.

KRG has been al­ways com­plain­ing that the Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment has not been sup­port­ing KRG in man­ag­ing this huge num­ber of refugees dur­ing th­ese fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties the re­gion is go­ing through.

“Un­for­tu­nately the Iraqi Gov­ern­ment is not sup­port­ing Kur­dis­tan Re­gion at all as if th­ese peo­ple are not Iraqi na­tion­als.”

“KRG has spent ap­prox­i­mately IQD 45 bil­lion (USD 35 mil­lion) for the refugees till now, and we need another IQD 50 bil­lion to pro­vide re­quired aid to the dis­placed peo­ple dur­ing the com­ing three months of win­ter.”

Oth­man told Kha­bat that a num­ber of the IDPs from Zum­mar have re­turned to their homes after the area was lib­er­ated from ISIS again.

Re­gard­ing the peo­ple kid­napped by ISIS, the KRG of­fi­cial said, «Till now we have freed more than 300 peo­ple, which has been achieved with the help of the lo­cal peo­ple."

PRESS PHOTO Dr. Nouri Oth­man, spe­cial en­voy of the Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment’s Prime Min­is­ter for the refugee is­sues.

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