PM Barzani: KRG re­ceives too lit­tle as­sis­tance from Bagh­dad

Half the refugees in Kur­dis­tan are chil­dren, says the Prime Min­is­ter

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment Prime Min­is­ter claims that Bagh­dad is not pro­vid­ing enough as­sis­tance to refugees in the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion.

PM Nechir­van Barzani re­ceived Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of United Na­tions Chil­dren’s Fund (UNICEF) An­thony Lake and his del­e­gates in Er­bil on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 21, 2015.

Barzani told Lake and his ac­com­pa­ny­ing del­e­ga­tion that half the refugees and in­ter­nally dis­placed peo­ple in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion are chil­dren.

He said that ed­u­ca­tional, health, so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal con­di­tions in the refugee camps are in des­per­ate need of im­prove-

ment.

The Kur­dish PM pointed

out that even be­fore the cur­rent refugee cri­sis; ed­u­ca­tional pro­vi­sion was a con­cern for the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, as many chil­dren were not at­tend­ing school for one rea­son or another. The ex­tra re­quire­ments placed on the school sys­tem are not able to be met by the KRG.

“The salaries of the 700 teach­ers who are teach­ing refugee chil­dren in the camps are be­ing cov­ered by the KRG in­stead of Bagh­dad that should pay as it is a fed­eral re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

Barzani asked the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, Gulf coun­tries and Bagh­dad to com­mit to ad­dress­ing more of the needs of the refugees and IDPs.

It is in­evitable that more refugees will come to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion ac­cord­ing to the PM.

The ef­fect of the war in Syria on the lives of chil­dren was iden­ti­fied as a key area of con­cern, likely to push yet more to seek refuge in Kur­dis­tan.

Lake praised the role of the KRG in help­ing out this huge num­ber of refugees and IDPs and at­tend­ing to their needs in such dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion while KRG is fight­ing ter­ror­ism and suf­fer­ing from fi­nan­cial, se­cu­rity and po­lit­i­cal chal­lenges.

It was agreed that more aid is re­quired, from both inside and out­side Iraq, and Lake promised to do his best in this re­gard.

Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment Prime Min­is­ter Nechir­van Barzani meets Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of United Na­tions Chil­dren’s Fund (UNICEF) An­thony Lake in Er­bil on Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 21, 2015.

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