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IFIR representatives meet with Consulate General of the United States of America in Erbil

On Wednesday the 30th of September 2015 at the request of Consulate General of the United States of America in Erbil, representatives from IFIR visited their office. The representatives consisted of Dashty Jamal – The IFIR Secretary and Ari Jalal  -Sulaimaniya Branch representative. At their meeting, Dashty Jamal and Ari Jalal met with Julian Hanna (Political Section of the Consulate General of the United States of America in Erbil), and Nakashia (Kashia) Dunner (Political Officer of the Consulate General of the United States of America in Erbil). At the meeting Dashty Jamal spoke about the political crisis in Kurdistan and the social crises that face kurds. He also spoke about the refugee camps and there terrible situation with them having nothing and there children having to beg for money on the streets. He also mentioned about how the camps in Kurdistan have had outbreaks of cholera. Dashty Jamal also said because of the very bad conditions of the camps in Kurdistan the people are frustatrated and risk their lives to try to go to Europe.

IFIR representatives also spoke about the policy of the Iraqi Federal that pay the wages of people of Mosul that is under the control of ISIS but not the people of Kurdistan region. The discussion also covered the asylum seekers deported from the EU countries, and Mr Jamal explained that so far there have been 6000 deportees to the Kurdistan Region and many reports and demands have been sent to the parliament for their welfare, however to date there has been no response. IFIR representatives also asked what the USA solution for this situation is. Julian Hanna said that they will report back to the USA government and will try to in a diplomatic way to intervene to change this situation.

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