UN refugee boss praises ‘generous’ Kurdistan

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Refugees from Mosul cross into Kurdistan, June 2014

Refugees from Mosul cross into Kurdistan, June 2014

The head of UNHCR, the UN’s refugee agency, has praised the Kurdistan Region for welcoming hundreds of thousands of displaced people from Iraq. On a visit to the Al-Khazar refugee camp yesterday, Antonio Guterres told reporters that he was “humbled by the generosity and the solidarity of the government and of the people of Kurdistan in this very difficult moment”.

He noted that, prior to the latest Iraqi cataclysm, south Kurdistan was already hosting refugees from Syria and that its budget share from the Iraq federal administration has been withheld. “And even without those resources, the government and people of Kurdistan have been receiving all these people and sharing with them everything they have,” he said.

Guterres called on the international community “to provide massive support for the Iraqis displaced, for the Iraqi victims of this conflict, but also to provide massive support to the government and the people in Kurdistan.” Iraq now has an estimated two million displaced people.

One Response to UN refugee boss praises ‘generous’ Kurdistan
  1. Botani
    July 21, 2014 | 06:40

    As a matter of fact if a country like Germany ,France ,Australia get over one million get that many refugee then they would be struggling to cope so I hope UNHCR support Kurdistan in every way possible as they do deserve3 to get all the help they can get.

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