Iraqi gov­ern­ment cuts Khur­ma­too IDPs food ra­tions

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

Fear­ing the Shi­ite mili­tias, some 3,000 Sunni Arab and Turkomen fam­i­lies have left their homes and re­lo­cated in Khur­ma­too town. Majority of th­ese In­ter­nally Dis­placed Per­sons IDPs, are from vil­lages around the town that are cur­rently un­der con­trol of Shi­ite mili­tias.

Th­ese peo­ple are cur­rently liv­ing in very harsh sit­u­a­tions.

Mo’tasam, a Sunni Arab from Beiji town, who used to be a pro­fes­sor at the Beiji Pe­tro­leum In­sti­tute, has now re­lo­cated to Khur­ma­too and lives in a dam­aged house and very bad sit­u­a­tions.

“We need help,” Mo’tasam says. “There are peo­ple liv­ing un­der tents in this cold win­ter. Please help those who have no warm place to pro­tect them from the win­ter.”

“The Bagh­dad gov­ern­ment has not helped us at all. We haven’t even re­ceived the IQS1 mil­lion that is be­ing given to IDPs.”

Ac­cord­ing to Mo’tasam, Khur­ma­too Mayor has sent 6 let­ters to au­thor­i­ties in Bagh­dad re­quest­ing our food ra­tions, with­out any an­swer. The only thing we have re­ceived is the aid from some NGOs in Kur­dis­tan.”

Ac­cord­ing to Aiyob Ju­maa, deputy Khur­ma­too Mayor, nearly 2700 dis­placed fam­i­lies have regis­tered their names, while the ac­tual num­ber is 3,000 fam­i­lies.

“They live in poul­try plants, con­crete block fac­to­ries and in the moun­tains,” Ju­maa ar­gues. “They have sought aid from Pesh­marga Forces and Kur­dish vil­lages.”

Jumma also added that last week the POA and White Cloud or­ga­ni­za­tions, in co­op­er­a­tion with the Nor­we­gian NPA or­ga­ni­za­tion, sup­plied the 2700 fam­i­lies with food­stuff for 4 months.

“Iraqi gov­ern­ment not only helped them out in any­way, but rather they cut their fuel and food ra­tions for 6 months now,” Ju­maa told a lo­cal Kur­dish daily news­pa­per.

The le­gal com­mit­tee of the Iraqi Coun­cil of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives ac­cused Salih Mut­laq, Head of the Higher Com­mis­sion for Refugees, of cor­rup­tion.

The com­mit­tee re­it­er­ates that they have clear proofs that Mut­laq was in­volved in cor­rup­tion in the case of the IDPs and his case should be raised to the par­lia­ment’s In­tegrity Com­mit­tee.

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