South Korea continues to provide humanitarian assistance to IDPs and refugees in Kurdistan Region

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region - The KRG Minister of Interior His Excellency Mr. Karim Sinjari received the Ambassador Mr. Song Woong-Yeob of the Republic of South Korea to Iraq on October 4, 2016. In the meeting, the current issues including, humanitarian crisis and war on ISIS were discussed. Additionally, the predictable new waves of displacement from Mosul as a consequences of Liberation Operation and the contingency plan and required funds to help the displaced people was part of the discussion.

After the meeting, an official ceremony held to handover the humanitarian assistance of the medical supplies donated by the Korean Government to the IDPs and Refugees in Kurdistan Region. Minister Sinjari said that on behalf of the people and the government of the Kurdistan Region, we extend our thanks and appreciation to the government and people of South Korea for their continued generosity and continued humanitarian assistance. Such assistance are critically needed and it will hugely service the IDPs and refugees currently reside in KRI.

Ambassador Song extends his governments appreciation and thanks to the government of people of Kurdistan Region for being so generous and hosting this huge number of IDPs and refugees and further reiterated that the Republic of Korea is committed to continue providing assistance to IDPs and refugees in KRI.

The Joint Crisis Coordination Center (JCC) takes lead to distribute the items to the displaced people in coordination with the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Office of the Crisis Response and the Directorate of Health in the governorates. The medical assistance is worth of (300,000 USD) and it is the most needed medicine and pharmaceutical items. It is worth to mention that it has been for the second year, the Republic of South Korea provides such medical aids to support KRG’s humanitarian efforts in the health sector.  

Currently, the Kurdistan Region is the host of the 97% of the Syrian refugees in Iraq and 40% of the Iraqi internally displaced people. KRG has continued to provide all civic services to the IDPs and refugees since 2012.