PM Barzani: KRG receives too little assistance from Baghdad
Half the refugees in Kurdistan are children, says the Prime Minister
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-
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.