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Kurdish government delivers aid to Iraqi refugees near Soran

By Rudaw 28/9/2017
Iraqi displaced people wait to receive aids delivered by the Kurdish government and a charity organization  on September 28, 2017. Photo: Rudaw/Bakhtiyar Qadir
Iraqi displaced people wait to receive aids delivered by the Kurdish government and a charity organization on September 28, 2017. Photo: Rudaw/Bakhtiyar Qadir
SORAN, Kurdistan Region – The Kurdish immigration office on Thursday delivered humanitarian assistance to nearly 12,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) accommodated in Soran area. This comes at a time when the Iraqi parliament on Wednesday meted out some harsh punishments to Erbil in response to the recent Kurdish independence referendum.
“We have brought three trucks of food from Erbil, which include essential food and medical items, to deliver to the IDPs [who have been given refuge] in the city of Soran and its surrounding areas like Rawanduz, Khalifan and Mergasur where many of our Arab brothers reside,” Director of Immigration Office in Erbil Baqi Hawrami told Rudaw.
The aid was dedicated by the Kurdistan Region’s immigration office and the Barzani Charity Foundation.
Over a million IDPs from Iraq fled to the Kurdistan Region after ISIS captured large territories of Iraq, including the country’s second biggest city, Mosul. Many of these refugees have now returned to their places, but some are still left as the rest of the country is being cleared from ISIS militants.
“This is at a time where Erbil is being punished by Baghdad,” Hawrami said, adding that they have been striving to ensure “these Arab brother refugees have no shortages.”
Relations between Baghdad and Erbil turned sour after the Kurdistan Region went ahead with its planned independence referendum on September 25, with the overwhelming majority of the Kurds voting for Kurdistan’s independence from Iraq.
The referendum drew some harsh responses from Iraq on Wednesday, with its parliament issuing punitive measures against the Kurdistan Region, including the demand to hand over its air and land ports or face their closure, along with a decision to send Iraqi military forces to all Kurdistani or disputed areas outside the administration of the Kurdistan Region. 


Nihad | 28/9/2017
See how nice we Kurds are i that was them they wouldn't do for us
| 28/9/2017
Shame on you to use the Refugees as a propaganda tool
Hama Azad | 28/9/2017
Kurdish government should inform U.N. that we can no longer afford funding for IDP because of blockade. U.N. will have to either force neighbouring countries to end blockade or make them finance IDP in KRG. Either way would be win/win for kurds. The money spent on helping over 2 million IDP is an ideal area to cut spending. Alot of kurds need that money. This is assuming ofcouse that KRG is in fact funding IDP with alot of money. Otherwise it won't make any difference.
MR | 28/9/2017
Independence to Kurdistan! Despite of the for coming challenges, you are showing that you are better than your " neighbors" by helping always the next, independently of their origins or religion. You are truly inspiring.
kurdo | 29/9/2017
there is a big difference between the kurdish mentality and the neighbouring nations. We kurds always been forgiving and loyal to our friends and neighbours. The opposite applies to our neighbours who always took advantage of us and used us for heir own agendas and gave us false promises. When we now peacefully vote on our fate strangely they stood up against the free will of our people and started to collectively punish even our children by cutting their food. In the same time they say they all support palestinans because their land was occupied when they themselves were occupying kurdish land. We are not as low as them, refugees are still protected and welcome let the whole world witness that. We are the courageous and brave sons of Salah El Din, their false propaganda wont scare us. We are right and they are wrong.

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