UNHCR faces challenges in Iraqi Kurdistan’s refugee camps
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) says it is facing challenges in Iraq’s Kurdistan where many displaced Syrians have taken refuge in the wake of the crisis in Syria, Press TV reports.
On Wednesday, the UNHCR said the increasing number of refugees was aggravating the situation at the Kawrugosk Syrian refugee camp.
The Kawrugosk camp, which is one of several emergency camps for Syrian refugees, is home to an estimated number of 15,000 displaced people.
Liene Veide, a UNHCR public information officer, said the camp is currently facing a food crisis “on a daily basis.”
“We have the support of the local community and the government and we have plans that they… could provide food for refugees here. But still it is a challenge,” she added.
“The food is not healthy for children. Rice, rice, and rice everyday. We cannot follow this, but we cannot forget the goodness of the people in this area of Kurdistan, who are helping us a lot,” said one of the refugees.
On Tuesday, the UNHCR said in a statement that the number of Syrian refugees has reached two million people, indicating a huge rise in the number of refugees compared to that of last year.
Up to September 3, 2012, 230,670 refugees had been registered or awaiting registration by the UN refugee agency.
“This trend is nothing less than alarming, representing a jump of almost 1.8 million people in 12 months,” the statement read.
“The war is now well into its third year and Syria is hemorrhaging women, children and men who cross borders often with little more than the clothes on their backs.”
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres also said Syria has turned into “a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent history.”
Syria has been gripped by deadly unrest since 2011. According to reports, the Western powers and their regional allies — especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey — are supporting the militants operating inside Syria.
According to the UN, more than 100,000 people have been killed due to the violence.
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