ERBIL: The Mayor of Erbil tells the refugees fleeing IS militants are in dire conditions.
Nihad Qoja the Mayor of Erbil says: ”We’re strongly affected. There have been waves of refugees coming in before, from all over Iraq – many of whom are Christians who had feared for their lives in Baghdad for example. In total, we have nearly one million refugees in the Kurdish parts of Iraq, of which 250,000 are from Syria, the rest is from other parts of Iraq.” He added:”The people really are in dire straits. Most people have to stay in shelters though, and they’re hopelessly overcrowded. Many arrive hungry and thirsty; some have come here on foot.”
“The problem is that we don’t have enough resources to cope with the sheer number of refugees. That’s why we have called on all international charities to help us deal with this task,” he stated.
He went on to say,” Christians are completely safe with us. We have always had plenty of Christians here, Kurds, Muslims and Christians have lived here side-by-side for centuries and without any problems.”