Displaced Iraqi in Khazir camp say aid not sufficient as winter approaches

KHAZIR — Thousands of Iraqis displaced by the battle of Mosul who found shelter in the newly established Khazir refugee camp, east of Mosul, received basic aid but they say that is not enough to survive in cold and rainy weather.

Razgar Obeid, the camp manager said on Wednesday (November 2) they needed more assistance for more than 3,000 people in the camp.

“We still need more aid, we have spoken to the Ministry of the Diaspora, the UNHCR and other aid agencies so we can control the situation, especially since the weather is now much colder,” said Razgar Obeid.

Abu Soud who has been in the camp for several days said he escaped Mosul with nothing but the clothes he had on.

“We were freezing this morning, we have nothing with us, my children have (no clothes),” Abu Soud said.

The battle that started on October 17 with air and ground support from a U.S.-led coalition is shaping up as the largest in Iraq since the U.S.-led invasion of 2003.

Some 1.5 million residents remain in the city and worst-case forecasts see up to a million being uprooted, according to the United Nations.

There are already more than three million people displaced in Iraq as a result of conflicts involving Islamic State

Image: REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Article: NRT