IDP camps in Kurdistan Region suffer from lack of food, medicine: rights group


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SULAIMANI – A halt of transfer of medicine and food by Baghdad to refugee camps in the Kurdistan Region has resulted in deteriorating living conditions, said an Iraqi rights group on Wednesday (August 15).

A member of the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights (IHCHR), Hemin Bajalan has called on the Iraqi ministry of health to resume deliveries to the IDP camps in the Kurdistan Region expressing concerns that there is a lack of food and medicine.

The IHCR said in a report that its evidences could determine that the IDPs (internally displaced persons) “are suffering from a shortage of food and medicines for about a year.”

According to the IHCR report, Baghdad and health ministry have turned a blind eye to the condition of the IDP camps in the Region.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported earlier this month that there are 4 million and 100,000 displaced people inside Iraq, and 1,700,000 live in different camps.

At least 1.6 million Sunnis, more than half of all displaced Iraqis, are unable to return to their communities.