By Patrick M Schmidt.
Almost three-dozen different non-governmental organizations have pushed for action on the part of the American government to respond to the ongoing refugee crisis in the Kurdistan region.
It is estimated that the violence that erupted this weekend alone displaced at least 30,000 people as Kurdish and militant forces clashed. It is believed that more than one million Syrians and Iraqis have been displaced by the violence stemming from the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
The current tense relationship between Erbil and Baghdad has no been conducive to discussing humanitarian issues. Food, water, and fuel shortages have only made dealing with the large numbers of displaced persons more difficult.
The United States insists that, “US officials from Washington and Baghdad are also in contact with Iraqi officials from Baghdad and Erbil to discuss a coordinated approach to the humanitarian situation,” said a spokesperson on Thursday. “We urge all Iraqi authorities, civil society and international partners to work the UN and its partners to deliver lifesaving humanitarian assistance.”
(Iraq crisis image via Shutterstock)