Iraq – Displaced persons struggle with poor living conditions in Kurdistan region camps
Location: Hassan Sham camp – Erbil – Kurdistan Region – Iraq
Source: A24 in Erbil
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Hundreds of displaced persons in Hassan Sham camp, in west Erbil of Kurdistan region in north Iraq, struggle with poor living conditions due to lack of basic services including water, electricity and education, in addition to the lack of humanitarian aid.
A large number of displaced persons are still unable to return to their original areas of residence due to the lack of basic services in those areas, according to the camp director, Yahya Adnan.
The displaced persons call on concerned authorities to increase aid and improve basic services in the camp.
Statistics of the Ministry of Migration and Displacement show that there are 37,000 families in displacement camps, the majority of which live in camps in Kurdistan region, while the total of internally displaced persons living outside camps is estimated to be more than 750,000 who reside in housing complexes at their own expense in different areas in Kurdistan region and other cities in Iraq.
Shots of displaced persons in Hassan Sham camp, west of Erbil.
Soundbite (Yahya Adnan – Director of Hassan Sham camp):
“Displaced persons in the camp need many services as the majority cannot leave since they have no work or homes to return to. They need at least the basic services, including water, food and electricity so they can live. Children have developed poor mental state due to overwhelming darkness and power cuts in camp. Aid is insufficient, we need more support.”
Soundbite (Umm Sarmad – Displaced person):
“They are asking us to return now! How can we go back?! There are no services in our original areas of residence, no electricity, water, or food. Services here in the camp have deteriorated greatly, including electricity and education. Services here are poor in general.”
Soundbite (Ammar Mohammed – Displaced person):
“The camp has been without electricity for a month. We need more basic services. We have received only 20 liters of oil, which is not enough for the residents in the camp.”