Two Mil­lion Refugees and IDPs in Kur­dis­tan Re­gion

KRG can­not han­dle the cri­sis alone: Kur­dish of­fi­cial

The Kurdish Globe - - FRONT PAGE -

Kur­dis­tan Re­gional Gov­ern­ment (KRG) of­fi­cials have an­nounced that 2 mil­lion peo­ple are now seek­ing refuge in the re­gion, as civil­ians from eastern Iraqi prov­ince of An­bar con­tinue to flee Is­lamic State (IS) ad­vances in the area.

Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Direc­tor for the Er­bil Gov­er­norate, Hamza Hamid, says that within the last month, over 14,000 refugees and dis­placed peo­ple have ar­rived in Er­bil. “They are mostly living in rented houses as we don’t have the ca­pac­ity to build refugee camps for the An­bar IDPs.”

KRG Manager for Refugee Af­fairs Din­dar Ze­bari ex­plained that the KRG is experiencing an eco­nomic cri­sis and is not able to man­age the huge wave of dis­placed.

Zabari says their doors are still open for An­bar IDPs, and they have never closed their doors, “but we have said that we can­not build camps and de­liver the re­quired ser­vices and as­sis­tance to the IDPs, and hence Bagh­dad has to take this re­spon­si­bil­ity.”

“The KRG has re­ceived about 2 mil­lion refugees and dis­placed peo­ple so far.”

Com­ment­ing on the United Na­tions As­sis­tance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) re­quest to house An­bar IDPs, Ze­bari said, “It is be­yond the KRG’s reach to fi­nan­cially man­age the refugees if the Iraqi Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment con­tin­ues to cut Er­bil’s share of the bud­get.

“The UN has failed to con­vince the Iraqi Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment to solve the is­sues be­tween Er­bil and Bagh­dad,” added Ze­bari. “The in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity can­not help the IDPs and the cen­tral gov­ern­ment does not as­sume re­spon­si­bil­ity, which is a big is­sue.”

Last week the Iraqi gov­ern­ment an­nounced that any civil­ian from An­bar Prov­ince who wishes to go to the Kur­dis­tan Re­gion, will be trans­ported di­rectly to Er­bil for free.

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