100 days after Turkish invasion, Kurdistan Region hosting nearly 20,000 refugees from NE Syria

Facing difficult conditions
A Syrian refugee child at the Bardarash displacement camp in the Kurdistan Region on January 14, 2020. (NRT Digital Media/Winthrop Rodgers)

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SULAIMANI — In the 100 days since the Turkish military crossed the border into northeastern Syria on October 9, a total of 19,745 refugees have sought shelter in the Kurdistan Region.

The Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC) keeps close tabs on the numbers crossing the border, publishing them daily on its social media feeds.

Many of the new arrivals initially find their way to Bardarash camp, northwest of Erbil city. Here they are registered and given shelter, food, and basic services by UN agencies, KRG government ministries, and NGOs.

Once in the Region, however, the refugees face a series of challenges from staying warm during cold winter nights to finding medical care and accessing work.

NRT recently visited the Bardarash camp and spoke with Director General of the JCC Hoshang Mohammed to find out more about the conditions the refugees are facing and the KRG’s response to the crisis.

(NRT Digital Media)