UN refugee camp in Kurdish region of Iraq absorbs thousands of refugees from Mosul

While the Iraqi Army is busy trying to expel ISIS from Mosul, refugees from the city are fleeing to the Kurdish region of Iraq. “We had to leave, we just wanted to save our lives,” said one woman who was able to make it to the UN’s Debaga Camp 2.
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The UN personnel who operate Debaga Camp 2, which is in the Kurdish region of Iraq, said today (Wednesday) that they have been absorbing more and more refugees due to the battle for Mosul. Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, was taken over by ISIS 16 months ago. Two days ago, the Iraqi Army, Kurdish Peshmerga and Shiite militias with the support of the US started to attack the city in an attempt to expel the murderous terrorist organization. Rusul, one of the women who fled the city, spoke about the fear and destruction.

“There is still fear,” Rusul said to UN refugee chief Filippo Grandi. “Our houses were burned and destroyed. Thank God, life here is better. They’ve been very good to us.”

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Maali, another woman who had a baby in her arms, said: “He was just five days old when we left. We still haven’t got the birth certificate. There was shelling. When we left I couldn’t take all our things. We just started moving.”

“We had to leave, we just wanted to save our lives,” a woman named Mnifah said. Mnifa, who is from Hawiga, said that her family along with three other families paid a total of $5,600 to a “guide” to show them the way to the refugee camp.

They walked for seven hours on foot between the mines and military vehicles until they reached Debaga Camp 2, which is home to 30,000 people who are living in tents set up by the UN.

The UN refugee chief visited the camp in order to prepare it for the thousands of additional refugees who are expected to come to the site due to the battle for Mosul.


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