KRG Responds to UNHCR report
The Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) is insisting that despite the distractions brought by the Islamic State (IS) to the Kurdish areas, Kurds are still peaceful people committed to co-existence.
Responding to the latest report by the UNHCR, KRG’s Head of the Committee for Monitoring International Reports, Dindar Zebari, reiterated that KRG has taken in nearly two million refugees and IDPs and provided them with the basics while it is struggling with an acute financial crisis itself.
He explained that over 670,000 displaced Iraqis are now settled across the Kurdistan Region, and they are granted with all the legal rights. “The IDPs can freely move across the region with basics provided to them.”
The Kurdish official argued that since the locals are peacefully living next to the refugees and IDPs from different cultural and religious backgrounds, it proves that coexistence has a long history among Kurds and they are committed to the principles of humanity.
“Scores of Kurdish villages were destroyed and burnt down by the Islamic State,” Zebari added, “but the Kurdish Peshmerga forces, after advancing deeper into ISheld areas, protected people, regardless of their nationality or religious orientation.”