August 23, 2013
The second of a six-part daily series by Jan Egeland, Secretary General of NRC, on the reality for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. Reposted from http://marhabablog.nrc.no/.
The Syria refugee crisis is a truly regional emergency. International attention has concentrated on the vast number of refugees in Jordan and Lebanon, but in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KR-I), the Government and local communities have been generously assisting thousands of Syrian refugees since the crisis began.
Yesterday I had an opportunity to see first-hand the tremendous effort being made by the Kurdish Authorities and local people to provide for a fast growing refugee population. I witnessed the good work of my NRC colleagues and our UN and NGO partners, but I also saw the gaps in the provision of shelter, education, water, and sanitation facilities. There is still a great deal of work to be done.
Until one week ago, there were roughly 155,000 […]