Syrian refugees survive hardships in Iraqi Kurdistan


Syrian refugee children in Domiz Camp, Iraqi Kurdistan. Photo: ARA News

ARA News

Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan With the increasing numbers of Syrian refugees fleeing to Iraqi Kurdistan, ARA News tried to shed light on camps’ life and the start of refuge trip.

When refugees arrive to any camp in Iraqi Kurdistan, they receive tents based on certain criteria determined by the camp’s administration. A family of more than six members receives two tents.

People here distinguish between two types of tents. The “base” which is built on four columns made of block and roofed by filled boards or sheet iron. The base is also fitted with private toilet and bathroom.

The normal tent has unpaved floor and no columns. Toilets and bathrooms are shared here.

“Allowing the building of bases in any camp depends on its administration’s mood, as there is no clear rule for that,” said some refugees in Domiz Camp of Duhok Province in Iraqi Kurdistan.

“In Domiz camp, everything is allowed unlike other camps in the Kurdistan Region. Bases are sometimes sold in high prices among refugees themselves,” he said.

Speaking to ARA News, Ali Kocher, a member of Vision Organization working in the refugee camps of Iraqi Kurdistan, said: “Bases are better than normal camps as they protect refugees from cold and heat and have bigger areas of 80m2 each, including a toilet and a bathroom.”

Kocher pointed out that “bases are not allowed in all camps” as they are considered “irregular housing”.

“Sometimes bases are allowed for fear of fire and weather conditions,” Kocher added.

Iraqi Kurdistan has established numerous camps for Syrian refugees and recently two new camps for Iraqi internally displaced people.


Reporting by: Azad Jamkari

Source: ARA News

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