Iraqi Kurds collect donations for Mosul displaced families


Children of Mosul after displacement. Photo: Annahar

ARA News

Erbi, Iraqi Kurdistan – Iraqi Kurds launched a campaign to collect donations and aid for the displaced people from the city of Mosul. The campaign started on Friday in the city of Erbil, capital of the Kurdistan Region of Iraq.

During the last two days, more than 120 thousand people crossed into Kurdistan Region from Mosul, after the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) claimed control over Nineveh province, where Mosul is located.

The governor of Erbil told local media outlets that this campaign came in response to the invitation of Mr. Nechirvan Barzani, Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), who called on the citizens of Kurdistan and all organizations to provide assistance to the displaced Iraqis, emphasizing the urgent need to provide the displaced with services.

This campaign has been launched in cooperation with the Iraqi Red Crescent Assembly – Erbil Branch, and civil society organizations.

In a linked context, a camp has been set up in the province of Erbil near Khabat area (west of the city) to host more than a thousand displaced families from the city of Mosul –which fell under the domination of ISIL last week.

Rizgar Mustafa, the official of Khabat area in Erbil environs, said that this camp was built in collaboration with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Barzani Charity Foundation.

Suleiman Gerro, a journalist based in Erbil, stated to ARA News that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and all the Kurdish people are “hospitable by nature”, working in order to achieve “freedom and dignity” for the oppressed peoples in the world.

Noteworthy, the International Organization for Migration announced that the events of Mosul caused the displacement of a million people out of the two million people living in the city.


Reporting by: Azad Jamkari

Source: ARA News

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