SYRIAN REFUGEES IN KURDISTAN GRATEFUL FOR KUWAIT’S HUMANITARIAN INITIATIVES
By Mukhless Khushnaw
IRBIL, Kurdistan, Mar 10 – Syrian refugees in the Iraqi Kurdistan Province, have expressed great acknowledgement to Kuwait’s non-stop generous initiatives to ease their suffering.
Kuwait had launched an ambitious initiative to build Darashakran camp, to host hundreds of Syrians who fled their homes, to escape the five-year civil conflict and to protect them from the scorching heat in the summer and freezing cold in the winter.
“When we arrived in Kurdistan, we find no place to live in. Now thanks to Kuwait’s initiative, we have a shelter that protects us from the bone-chilling cold in the winter,” Syrian refugee and a resident of Darashakran camp, Fatimah Ahmad told KUNA.
Darashakran camp, which includes over 500 housing units, mostly caravans, hosts thousands of Syrian refugees.
Ibrahim Abdo, an elderly Syrian, was equally grateful to Kuwait.
“Kuwait has done to us a great favour,” he said. Meanwhile, Sarah Luqman, a Syrian girl, said that, the camp helped her find new friends to play with.
For his part, Kuwait Consul General in Irbil, Omar Al-Kandari told KUNA, during a visit to the camp that, Darashakran is the beginning of a series of initiatives, to serve displaced and needy people in Kurdistan.
He expressed satisfaction of the accomplished work in the camp, stressing that Kuwait would continue its leading humanitarian role across the globe.
Darashakran is one of the biggest humanitarian projects executed by Kuwait, in cooperation with the UN High Commission for Refugees.
According to official figures, Kurdistan is home to 1.5 million refugees, who are living in 48 camps spread across the province