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Iraqi Advocate: Christian Refugees Displaced As Schools Open

By    |   Friday, 12 Sep 2014 04:46 PM

Iraqi Christian refugees who were using schools in the Kurdish region of Iraq for shelter have been forced out as the Kurdish regional government prepares for the new school year, says Juliana Taimoorazy, president of The Iraqi Christian Relief Council.

"There have been about 200,000 IDPs — internally displaced persons — fleeing as far north as possible to cities such as Erbil and Dohuk and other villages in the northern part of Iraq," Taimoorazy told Ed Berliner on "MidPoint" on Newsmax TV Friday.

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"There are 600 schools in Erbil," she explained. "As of three days ago, the Kurdish regional government had ordered [the schools] to be empty of all the IDPs" in about 30 days.

The president of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council said that the problem is that "these individuals don't have a place to go. They will end up on the streets."

"They already are sleeping in parks, they're sleeping on the side of the road," she added.

"There are kids that are sleeping on bare concrete floors."

"Really nobody's talking about this," Taimoorazy told Newsmax. "The world is silent on this issue."

She explained that "the UN has been talking about setting up camps, [but] there really is no blueprint of how this is going to be done."

"The aid that is being sent there barely gets to these people," she said is one of the problems.

The other problem is that "the winter is upon them."

"At night they're asking for two, three blankets and space heaters," she explained. "In Dohuk and in Erbil cities, within the next three weeks they're anticipating winters to start being really, really harsh."

Taimoorazy explained that the Iraqi Christian Relief Council is working with local organizations such as "the Assyrian Aid Society of Iraq," which has said that "they could set up winterized camps . . . for about 600 families times five," but they need about $6.5 million to make it happen. 

"We send the money to these smaller organizations and they mobilize the aid," she explained.

"The Nineveh plain area that would be a safe haven for all minorities, not only Christians," which is where the group hopes to set up a camp.

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