Cold win­ter com­pli­cates hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion in Mo­sul

Kuwait Times - - LOCAL -

BAGH­DAD: As if the chaotic sce­nario in Iraq was not enough, the ar­rival of harsh and cold win­ter sea­son in Mo­sul had in­creased the suf­fer­ing of dis­placed Iraqis flee­ing from the on­go­ing military op­er­a­tion to rid the city from the so-called Is­lamic State (IS).

Ac­cord­ing to gov­ern­ment statis­tics, around 90,000 cit­i­zens have fled the city so far; how­ever, the cold win­ter had be­come an­other is­sue that the au­thor­ity must deal with to avoid a hu­man­i­tar­ian catas­tro­phe.

A num­ber of dis­placed Iraqis in AlKazer camp said though the sit­u­a­tion in refugee camps - erected by the UN and other re­gional and in­ter­na­tional bod­ies - is rel­a­tively safe, the cold win­ter be­gan to take its toll on them.

Am­mar Ibrahim, one of the dis­placed, said that the tent in which his fam­ily was liv­ing in had be­come a freezer due to the lack of adequate heat­ing units and fuel. The UN and other bod­ies could only pro­vide so much to the dis­placed, but the sit­u­a­tion is be­yond hu­man ca­pac­ity, said Ibrahim. Has­san Ab­dulka­reem, an­other dis­placed per­son, said that the cold weather is hav­ing a devastating ef­fect on many of the camp’s el­ders and peo­ple with ill­nesses. The lack of medicine and suit­able health fa­cil­i­ties also adds to the dire sit­u­a­tion, said Ab­dulka­reem.

Speak­ing about the ef­forts to bet­ter the sit­u­a­tion of the dis­placed, the camp’s co­or­di­na­tor Zarkar Obaid said that they were do­ing what they could de­spite of the odds. He af­firmed that blan­kets, fuel for heat­ing units, and other ne­ces­si­ties were con­tin­u­ally be­ing handed out to the dis­placed Iraqis, but all these ef­forts are be­ing over­whelmed by what is go­ing around them. — KUNA

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