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Nearly $550m for IDP for infrastructure projects in Sulaimani

  2021-03-14  | 
 Zhyan News Network
A father walks with his daughter in Ashti camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and Syrian refugees in Sulaimani, Kurdistan Region, Iraq, November 3,2020. Photo by Florent Vergnes/ AFP
 Zhyan News Network

SULAIMANI – An Iraqi minister said that nearly 800 million Iraqi dinars ($550,000) left over from funding from the federal ministry will be used in infrastructure projects in Sulaimani governorate, especially in neighborhoods where the internally displaced persons (IDPs) live. 

Accompanied by the governorate officials, representatives from International Organization for Migration (IOM), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and World Food Program (WFP), Iraqi Minister of Displacement and Migration Evan Faeq Jabro visited Ashti and Arbat IDP camps on Sunday (March 14).

Jabro said at a press conference that her ministry will work to resolve the tribal disputes to facilitate the return of the IDP families to their places of origin after visiting the IDP camps “to identify all the obstacles and reasons that prevent the return of camp displaced persons to their areas of origin,” the federal ministry said in a statement.

According to the minister, most of the families at the IDP camps originally belong to Saladin governorate and cannot return to their original area due to tribal disputes as they are accused of membership to Islamic State (ISIS). 

Located in Sulaimani governorate, approximately 10,000 IDPs live in Arbat and Ashti camps, according to the latest data provided by the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Joint Crisis Coordination Center (JCC) in February.

About 910,714, amounting to 70 percent, of the IDPs and Syrian refugees live outside the camps in the Kurdistan Region, according to JCC.

“We need real joint cooperation between the [Kurdistan] Regional Government and the federal government to work to end the suffering of displaced families in the camps and to work to encourage them to voluntarily return to their original areas of residence, close the camps and end the displacement file,” Jabro said. 

Sulaimani Governor Haval Abubakir said that he discussed with the federal minister plans to better serve internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees and enable their voluntary return to their places of origin.

Iraqi Government has almost closed down all IDP camps under its jurisdiction as humanitarian organizations have expressed concerns of forced closures and involuntarily expelling IDPs from the camps.

(Zhyan English)