An update on our work in Northern Iraq 

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In January, one of our Trustees, Christopher Segar, went to Erbil in Northern Iraq to see the positive impact our projects are having. From 2003 – 2004 Christopher was Head of Mission in Iraq, tasked by the British Government with setting up a diplomatic presence in the country.

Over the next three weeks, we will be sharing Christopher’s updates with you. This week focuses on our emergency relief projects in Iraqi Kurdistan.

Christopher Segar at the entrance of Baharka Camp north of Erbil

The situation in Iraqi Kurdistan

The economy in Iraqi Kurdistan seems to have been hit hard by the fall in the oil price and the cuts in Kurdish Regional Government (KRG) oil exports through Turkey. Consequently, there are more and more power cuts (apparently more off than on now). Everyone has a stand-by generator. Erbil has been heavily developed since 2003. However, many building projects are visibly on hold. Even so, the KRG pays significant costs for all the IDP camps in its territory, which are managed by the Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) in partnership with UNHCR: mainly providing …read more