Kurdistan Embraces Millions
Iraqi Kurdistan has embraced millions of refugees from all over the region while Europe decries its fate and cost to accommodate refugees, the actual silent player here is Kurdistan.
Without complaint and closest to the fighting and migrant crisis, Kurdistan has stepped up like no other country, despite its rather precarious non-country status, or as some would classify it as a country within a country, Kurdistan manages to “do the right thing” by allowing not only Internally Displaced People (IDP’s) from villages, towns and cities within Iraq devastated by war and conflagration to enter this oasis of safety, but has also taken in millions of others, Syrian refugees are but one example.
Opened camp of Khazr, located in the Erbil province in Northern Iraq
The question then isn’t how do we help Europe manage the cost of refugees, but how do we help refugees and Kurdistan create a city that keeps people within their cultural area where they are most familiar and happier than moving elsewhere? Isn’t cost simply a tool where when spent in the right place, at the right time and for the right reasons leads to successful outcomes?
People of the World, help Kurdistan build infrastructure capable of supporting this influx of migrants and they will continue to embrace people in need.
Dr Mariwan Baker & Wendy Marsh