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Kurdistan

PM Barzani: Refugee Numbers Exceed Kurdish Capacity

By Rudaw 18/7/2014
A refugee in Kurdistan just after receiving rations.
A refugee in Kurdistan just after receiving rations.

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – In a meeting with the head of the UN's refugee agency on Thursday, Kurdish Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani said that the number of refugees hosted by Erbil has gone beyond the government’s ability to handle alone and called for the international community to step in with help.

“In order to help all the refugees, the Iraqi government first and the international community second should live up to their responsibility and give them serious assistance,” Barzani said.

He added that government institutions have done their best with local and international organizations to deliver assistance to all refugee camps across the Kurdistan Region.

According to KRG numbers, there are currently more than one million refugees in the Kurdistan Region. More than 250,000 of them are Syrian Kurds and the rest Iraqi Arabs who have fled recent fighting in Mosul, Tikrit and Anbar.

For his part Antonio Guterres, head of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), applauded Kurdistan for taking in so many refugees and urged the world to offer help.

At the Khazar camp, Guterres said he was "humbled by the generosity and the solidarity of the government and of the people of Kurdistan in this very difficult moment," the AFP news agency reported.

He agreed with the Kurdish prime minister that the new influx of Iraqi refugees had put greater strain on the Kurdish government and its resources.

“And even without those resources, the government and people of Kurdistan have been receiving all these people and sharing with them everything they have,” AFP quoted him as saying.

Just a day earlier the UN official met with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad, where he appealed for international help for Iraqi refugees.

The KRG’s own resources are overstretched due to a budget freeze by Baghdad for more than six months.

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KIM | 18/7/2014
UNHCR must help!
Sham | 18/7/2014
This is the true spirit of Islam, the Kurds dont even get the budget from Baghdad anymore, yet they help those in need no matter what. God loves this.
Kemal from denmark | 19/7/2014
Krg must take only our Kurds refugees, and send Arabs to other arabs states which is very rich has huge economys . Otherwise it will be problems to our Kurdistan, which is still poor people. Even Europe dont want huge number of refugees from Arabs states.Wake op and not be naiv. We must take care of our People first. All Arabs states must help their arabs refugees, this Arabs states swiming in billions of dollars.
kawa | 19/7/2014
KRG should be careful with these refuges
kawa | 19/7/2014
KRG should wary of these refuges
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