On the 30th of June 2016, Mr. Ismail Mohamed Ahmed, the governor’s assistant in IDP and refugee affairs welcomed Mr. Matthias Mitman, the American consul general in Hewler. Mr. Maazn Mohamed, the mayor of Aqra was of those who were present.
At first the governor’s assistant spoke about the IDP and refugee camps in general, the amount of IDPs and refugees in the province of Duhok and the services BRHA is providing the IDPs and refugees with. After that they talked about the IDPs that will be coming from Mosul and the camps that will be built for the IDPs. The governor’s assistant made clear that the Iraqi government hasn’t fulfilled their role of supporting and aiding the IDPs and refugees that have come to Kurdistan. And he requested the International Crisis Group to help KRG more, especially because of the large amount of IDPs and refugees residing in Kurdistan and especially in the province of Duhok.
Mr. Matthias Mitman thanked KRG and the province of Duhok for the apparent role they have played in helping and supporting the IDPs and refugees. He also said that America is continuously supporting Iraq and Kurdistan and that in July of 2016 there will be a Conference on human affairs in America. During this conference humanitarian aid will be requested for the government of Iraq and Kurdistan. And after that he said that they will be supporting the people of the regions that have been freed, so that they can return to their homes.
The course has been organized by the management of Sharya camp and the organization Dange Ganjen Shingale, in cooperation with a Swedish Catholic church. The seven-day course will be attended by a number of Yezidi boys and girls living at the camp, under the supervision of the manager of the camp and Dr. Mamo Osman. During the course, the topic of Human Rights will be explained in detail.
As a support for the elderly female residents of the camp, as a way to give importance to these women and in order for them to become self-aware, the management of the camp gave the women some gifts, in cooperation with HARIKAR. This happened on the 28th of June 2016.
On the 28th of June 2016, the Dohuk governorate organized an Iftar dinner for a large number of IDPs and refugees living at the camps in the Duhok governorate. Of those who were present at the Iftar were, Mr. Farhad Amin, the governor of Duhok; Mr. Ismail Mohamed Ahmed, the governor’s assistant in IDP and refugee affairs; Mr. Husayn Calki, the mayor of Semel; representatives of the Muslims, Christians and Yezidis and a number of directors of the directorates in the Duhok and Semel district. The IDPs and refugees that attended had several different backgrounds, among them were, Muslims, Christians, Yezidis, Kurds, Arabs, Turkmens and Syrian Kurds. Mr. Farhad Amin visited the camp before the meal, and after the meal he gave a speech wherein he expressed, that the coming together for this meal and the attendance of the people with the different backgrounds is a sign of coexistence.
For the purpose of being able to inspect the market place of the camp in a better way and for the purpose of separating the food products, the non-food products, the fruits and vegetables, and in order to be able to prevent expired products from entering the camp and thus safeguard the health of the residents of the camp, the market place has been reorganized. The management of the camp had been reorganizing the bazaar for the last couple of weeks. Each shop owner has received a working card, so that they will work in a better way and pay more attention to the health issue.
On the 23th of June 2016, the governor of Duhok welcomed Mr. Peter Hawks, the head of UNICEF Iraq. Mr. Hawks spoke about the work and projects they are doing in the Duhok governorate and that UNICEF will do even more extensive continuing projects in the Duhok governorate. Projects in the field of education, health, children and youth, and the other fields UNICEF is working in. He also made clear that UNICEF is not only willing to help the IDPs and refugees, but also the host community and that they want to improve the education in the Duhok governorate. What was also made clear, was that they will also be ready to help whenever the Duhok governorate calls after Mosul has been freed from Daa’ash (ISIS).
The governor thanked UNICEF for all the work they have done and spoke about how well they cooperate with the governorate and the governmental agencies. He also said that he hopes that they will continue to help and support them, so that the people and the government can continue to help the IDPs and refugees. The governor also expressed, that the international community should help the host community in a better way, because of the large influx of IDPs and refugees, and the situation the host community is in due to the financial crisis. It was also expressed, that when Mosul has been freed, they will have to cooperate with all the parties and that especially the UN and their agencies will have to support Kurdistan, because of the heavy burden that will be placed on the shoulders of the government and the people living in the region.
On the 23th of June 2016, in the presence of Sheikh Shamo, member of the Kurdish parliament; Mr. Mariwan Naqshabandi, the representative of the ministry of religious affairs; some other representatives from Duhok and the manager of Sharya camp, the organization Buhara Hivya organized this event under the name “Dare to Dream”, for the women of the camp in general and for the freed women in specific. The director of the aforementioned organization, Ms. Lisa Miara, was present, together with a number of friends and supporters of the organization from America, the Netherlands, Ireland, Spain and Great Britain during the distribution of the 20 dresses among the the freed women living at the camp. Among the things that were also distributed were 20 handbags.
For the purpose of improving the living circumstances of the refugees from Rojava (Syria) living at the camp, PWJ has started replacement of 257 shelters in cooperation with the management of the camp. Their shelters will be replaced with residences made out of concrete blocks and new pillars. At the first stage, the families will be receiving: concrete blocks, sand, iron rods, sandwich panels, cement, 2 doors and 2 windows.
On the 26th of June 2016, in the presence of the representative of the directorate of religious affairs of Duhok, BRHA distributed food and household items, in cooperation with ZIKO, among 30 Peshmerga that got wounded in the fight against Daa’ash (ISIS). This was done as a support for the families of these Peshmerga. Each family received the following items: 2 mattresses, 2 blankets, an air-cooler, a fan, clothing, a cardboard box filled with food items, some money and sweets for the celebration of the religious holiday.
On the 23th of June 2016, the management of Aqra camp cleaned the camp and the surrounding area, in cooperation with all the organizations working at the camp and the residents of the camp. This was done in order to safeguard the health of the residents and to close the door to diseases that accompany dirty environments.