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Iraq's scorching heat kills 52 children in refugee camps

By Rudaw 31/7/2015
A Yazidi Iraqi woman sits with her children at the Bajid Kandala camp near the Tigris River, in Kurdistan’s western Dohuk province. AFP file photo
A Yazidi Iraqi woman sits with her children at the Bajid Kandala camp near the Tigris River, in Kurdistan’s western Dohuk province. AFP file photo
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – The recent wave of stifling heat and a lack of electricity has led to the deaths of at least 52 children in refugee camps in less than a week, a Baghdad official said on Friday to the press. 

“After the deaths of these children due to high temperature of 50 degrees Celsius, the government is trying to provide 24-hours electricity and coolers for refugees to save them from heat waves of summer,” said Raad al-Dahlaki, head of the Iraqi parliament's Committee on Immigration and Displacement. 

Dahlaki said at least three million refugees who escaped the ongoing war against the Islamic State, or ISIS, are now living in tents and other makeshift shelters in camps across the country.

“These refugees need urgent help, and that sometimes makes the government’s tasks and duties difficult,” Dahlaki added.

Temperatures reached up to 50 degree Celsius in southern Iraq last week, with the country still suffering from power shortages due to an ineffective electricity system.

High temperatures in Iraq and the Kurdistan region are expected to continue for several more days. The Kurdistan Regional Government announced on Wednesday a four-day holiday due to the heat. 

In the above July 31 story,  Raad al-Dahlaki, head of the Iraqi Parliament's Committee on Immigration and Displacement, stated in a televised press conference at the Iraqi Parliament that 52 Iraqi children lost their lives in refugee camps due to high temperatures.
Later that day Rudaw's Baghdad correspondent sought further details by contacting Jasim Muhammad al-Jaf, the Iraqi minister of migration and displacement, and Dahlaki.
The Iraqi minister told Rudaw that Dahlaki’s statements had been misrepresented and that the 52 children who had died were in ISIS-controlled territory, and not Iraqi refugee camps. 
The minister did not provide supporting information as to how he came across this data from within ISIS territory, but added that only a small number of child deaths occurred in refugee camps under the control of the Iraqi government.


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bain | 31/7/2015
The Shia government is lying if they claim they don't have funds for these Sunni refugees, they steal KRGs budget every month and have redused the budget of all tye Sunni provinces. Strange that Shia refugees don't suffer from lack of anything, corrupt sectarian Shia poleticians like Malaki and Hadid Amri still steal billions and Abadi can't even open his mouth.
Argushi, USA | 31/7/2015
The KRG has been asking Baghdad for help with refuges since last June when the terrorists and EVIL Isis captured Mosul. I hope that US and the world powers will decide that Baghdad is fully responsible for the death of these Innocent children and for the suffering of the refuges.
Omar | 31/7/2015
More reasons for the corrupt shiite regime to resign and adnit their failures. Down with abadi and khamenei the terrorists.
Hans Guderian | 1/8/2015
Kill each other in the name of whatever stupid ethnic, religious, nationalist fantasies you have. Today it is someone else's kid, tomorrow yours. Kids dying in heat is shame on you, all of you, all of us! Is it more important then who controls what land? For God's sake, the world is laughing at all of us, betting on who will win sipping their ice teas in their AC cooled houses, faking crocodile tears at kids dying in heat. Wake UP!
MohamamedCohen | 2/8/2015
During Sadam Hussein's government not one child died because of heat, lack of electricity, water or medical help. What kind of "freedom and democracy" the West brought upon Iraq and rest of the NeoCon's wet dreams that cause such havoc on Muslim world?

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