Over 29,000 displaced persons receive civil IDs in Kurdistan's Duhok: UNHCR
ERBIL (Kurdistan 24) - Over 29,500 internally displaced persons (IDPs) in camps in the Kurdistan Region's Duhok province received civil identification documents, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said on Tuesday.
“The UNHCR in Iraq appreciates the role of the Federal Ministry of Interior in processing the documentation request effectively and we also appreciate the role of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) for hosting the IDPs,” Firas Al-Khateeb, Spokesman and Communication Officer of the UNHCR Iraq in Erbil told Kurdistan 24.
“After a temporary halt due to COVID-19 restrictions we started with the help of the Federal Ministry of Interior and KRG government in processing thousands of applications for documentation including nationality certificates and civil identity cards for 12 IDP camps in the Duhok Governorate,” he added.
As a result, the ad hoc committee of the federal interior ministry successfully in five missions processed 29,593 applications, including Nationality Certificates and Civil Identity Cards to 12 IDP camps in Duhok.
“We have witnessed firsthand how it made a difference in their lives for the internally displaced persons living in the camp. They have more freedom to move; they have their national identity cards and their nationality certificates. We're very pleased with the cooperation of our legal partner, Harikar, and the Barzani Charity Foundation that is in charge of the campaign,” Al-Khateeb added.
The Kurdistan Regional Government's (KRG) Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC), in a statement on June 20 during World Refugee Day, called on donor countries, the UN, and international humanitarian organizations to support the region's efforts in hosting over 930,000 refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).
According to JCC data, the Kurdistan Region hosts more than 930,000 displaced individuals, including 665,828 IDPs and 261,985 refugees. About 99% of Syrian refugees in Iraq and 65% of internally displaced Iraqis reside in Kurdistan, per the JCC.
Editing by Khrush Najari