KRG and UN to improve Syrian refugees conditions in Iraqi Kurdistan

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Domiz Camp in Duhok province, Iraqi Kurdistan. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan – A contract was concluded last week between the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and two UN organizations to implement a number of service projects in Domiz Camp, which shelters thousands of Syrian Kurdish refugees, in Duhok province, Iraqi Kurdistan.

The governor of Duhok province, Tamir Ramadan, hosted on Wednesday a joint delegation from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations Organization for Children (UNICEF) with the presence of Domiz Camp manager, where they deliberated the situation of Syrian refugees in this camp and other camps within the borders of Duhok province.

During the meeting, a mutual contract was signed by Duhok governor, the UNHCR director in Iraqi Kurdistan and the UNICEF director in the Region with a cost of 10 million dollars to pave the internal roads and the sewage system in Domiz Camp.

Ramadan announced in a press conference that in pursuance of this contract “30 kilometers of roads inside the camp will be paved as well as constructing a sewage system”.

“This project will help the residents of Domiz Camp to overcome many difficulties,” said the governor of Duhok province, pointing out that the provincial council and the KRG were planning to implement this project before signing the contract with the two UN organizations, and that the Prime Minister of KRG, Nechirvan Barzani, gave the orders to commence this project, expressing his pleasure with the participation of these two organizations.”

Ramadan emphasized the importance of this project in prompting other competent organizations working on the issues of refugees to participate in such work in the future.

The governor also mentioned the visit of Massoud Barzani, President of the Iraqi Kurdistan, to Domiz Camp “where he highlighted the importance of improving the refugees’ conditions” as well as the KRG continuous support to perform service projects in the camps.

Ramadan elaborated that Duhok province will fund the project with 4 million dollars, allocated by President Barzani to improve Domiz camp, while the two UN organizations will participate with 6 million dollars.

The UNHCR director in the Kurdistan Region expressed his enthusiasm in improving the refugees’ conditions by starting long-term projects, which will be a prompt for the international community and other humanitarian bodies to provide assistance.

Since the start of the Syrian crisis, Kurdistan Region of Iraq has received more than 300 thousand Syrian refugees, distributed in many camps as well as being residents in the main cities of Erbil, Sulaymaniyah and Duhok.

 

Reporting by: Azad Jamkari

Source: ARA News

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