Kurdistan Region treating Peshmerga wounded fighting ISIS: Dindar Zebari

Attending session of UN committee of rights of the disabled
Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Coordinator for International Advocacy Dindar Zebari (File)

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SULAIMANI – During a session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Geneva in Switzerland, the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Coordinator for International Advocacy said on Thursday (September 12) that the government was treating numerous Peshmerga who were grievously wounded during the war against Islamic State (ISIS).

Dinar Zebari said that 2,000 Peshmerga fighters were killed and 12,000 others were wounded in the fighting, including 235 who lost one or more of their limbs, twenty who had been blinded, and 38 others who had been completely paralyzed.

Beyond those effected by the latest war, the Region is also home to people suffering from the effects of previous conflicts, as well as many ordinary people with disabilities.

“The Kurdistan Regional Government has sent 35 groups of chemical weapons victims abroad for treatment so far, with between 30 and 45 people per group,” Zebari said.

“There were 95,916 handicapped people registered with the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in 2018 who received benefits,” he added.

(NRT Digital Media)