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Continuous Visits to Centers of Syrian Refugees in Dohuk and Anbar to provide Relief Aid

Tammuz Organization for Social Development continues in visiting to Syrian Refugees in Dohuk and Anbar, where Head of Organization Vian Sheikh Ali, Head of Erbil Branch Mahmood  Musayyib and colleague Abdul Satar Esmat of Organization Network visited Dumez camp in Dohuk on July 31. Director of the organization’s office in Anbar Hikmat Tawfiq and a team of volunteers visited centers of refugees reception in Qa’am district in 29th & 31st  of July and 1st of August. The organization has contributed to provide possible assistance to the refugees.
The delegation of organization noticed that the number of Syrian refugees in Dumez-camp in Dohuk reached 7762 refugees of whom 748 families, and the total of these families are 3606 members, while the number of young refugees are 4156 refugees.
In Anbar, the number of refugees approximately arrived to three thousand and seven hundred refugees and increasing daily most of them from children, women and elderly and it was prevented the entry of young people into Iraq in Anbar province, exception the disabled and the sick of them under the pretext of security concerns and fears.
Syrian Refugees suffer the lack of suitable places for living and essential needs as foods, clothes, medical treatment and electricity, for that the civil social organizations and a number of international organizations coordination with governmental bodies have provided the essential needs for refugees. Civil Social Organization prepared the school buildings as a places for temporary housing where they clean and supply with necessary to housing of families, and some organizations from Anbar including Tammuz Organization for Social Development provided nearly 55 air coolers, bedplates, foodstuffs, children milk and other needs through donations by organizations and some families from Anbar province. The number of refuges centers in Anbar arrived twenty till now distributing on regions between Obaidi and Qa’am in Anbar province.
In Dohuk, it has been distributed to a large camp in an area of ten acres in Dumez complex was allocated by the provincial government, where the international Qandil organization built temporary shelters and tents for the accommodation of refugees. It has been completed 214 homes for families and work underway to accomplish more, as the camp was equipped with electricity, sewage networks and water supply through filled reservoirs allocated to each tent or home.
The delegation, which is consisting of representatives of Tammuz Organization for Social Development and network of non-governmental organizations in the region, noted during the visiting to Dumez Camp that refugee status is considered good when we compared with other camps, where it was provided house, food, electricity, arrangement, examination and medical treatment through the presence of medical center that is working 24hours, and it was established the medical center by Doctors Without Borders and Ministry of Health in Kurdistan. There are also offices of UNHCR, the Ministry of Displacement and Migration and the Organization of Doctors Without Borders to interest refugees and organize their situation, as well there is a popular committee for the management of refugee affairs was formed from refugees, who have been selected by nomination and election.

The Kurdistan Regional Government and Concerned International Organizations contributed in providing the suitable life for refuges, also the camp received many aids by local organizations and private companies in order to help them. During our interview with them, the refugee expressed their thanks to all although late in providing all needs such as schools for their children.
It is worth mentioning that civil social organizations in Anbar including our organization has launched relief campaign to help refugees, where our organization actively participated in the collection and transfer of aid to the refugee reception centers in the border of Qa’am city, Obidi and Karabilah.a team of volunteers of Tammuz Organization held an interviews with Qa’am mayor and agent of Ministry of Migration and displacement, and it was delivered our team a school for the purpose of receiving refugees through cleaning and supplying healthcare and distribution bedplates, air coolers and installing generators to be ready for refugees, where it was received 154 people including women and children, and the rate of children and women were more than 95% and the condition of some of them are tired, while others were suffering from bust disease and asthma due to extreme heat and dust.
The tribes of Anbar province, particularly in the areas of refugee centers, are providing food aids to refugees and it is a good popular initiatives that contribute to filling a limited part of their needs.

In the current situation of the refugees in Anbar, and although of aids of Iraqi and international civil society organizations and tribes and some government agencies, but they still lack a lot of the necessary needs and there are also deficits in some of those supplies necessary such as medical services, appropriate housing and the needs of children of milk, clothes and food, in addition to the shortages of toilets, food and water coolers.
So the government must do its role in accordance with international conventions to relief refugees by providing with a decent living requirements and to allow for displaced youth to enter Iraqi territory, as it should provide them with security protection. The need of exploitation of the amounts that the federal government has allocate for the displaced and to clarify mechanisms and methods to exchange, note that the number of refugees continues to increase with the increasing of the conflict in Syria, which requires to provide of the necessary supplies and it is the task of the government mainly, the responsibility of the international relief organizations and the responsibility Iraqi civil society.

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