Iraqi government cuts Khurmatoo IDPs food rations
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.