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UNHCR thanks KurdSat and the public for Syrian refugees donation campaign

TUE, 5 MAR 2013 18:05 | UNHCR

UNHCR wishes to thank the Kurdsat TV for their commendable humanitarian initiative and the local population for the generous in-kind and cash contributions to the Syrian refugees in Iraq.

The campaign could not have taken place without the coordination and support by the Governors of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) and the respective Departments of Displacement and Migration (DDM) offices in Erbil, Duhok and Sulaymanyah.

The total of items received during the campaign from 1 to 7 February in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq is 735 tons of food and household items for a total value of 1,5 million USD:

- In Sulaymanyah, 624 tons of food and essential household items including hygienic kits, clothes, blankets and toys for a total value of 1,2 million USD.

- In Erbil, 107 tons of food and essential household items for a total value of 300,000 USD.

The distribution plan of the items received began with agreement of an established committee including the KRG Governors and the respective DDM offices in Erbil, Duhok and Sulaymanyah in addition to refugees. Donations will be distributed to the Syrian refugees living in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in line with the UNHCR’s humanitarian mandate.

A similar mechanism will be in place for the cash donations deposited in the UNHCR bank account for the Syrian refugees in Iraq.

As of today, the total of cash donations received is 287,000 in USD and 328 million Iraqi dinars.

Cash donations can still be made through the UNHCR bank account with the TBI (Trade Bank of Iraq) branches in Iraq.

The contribution will support the Syrian refugees in Iraq as well as the local communities, particularly in the areas of education and health.

UNHCR wishes also to thank its local implementing NGO partners, PARC, HARIKAR and CDO staff, and the role of the media for their remarkable support during the campaign period.