Dohuk, Iraq – 9 June 2021: The Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Ms. Irena VojáčkováSollorano, visited Shariya IDP Camp in Dohuk governorate. The visit came in the aftermath of a fire on 4 June, that destroyed some 288 tents in the camp, leaving over 1000 persons homeless.
Ms. Vojáčková-Sollorano met with the Director of the Department of Migration and Crisis Response, Ms. Manal Mohamed Fouad of the Kurdish Regional Government. They discussed the efforts of the Department of Migration and Crisis Respone in combatting the fire and the way ahead in terms of putting up semi-upgraded shelters. Ms. Vojáčková-Sollorano also met with representatives of the UNHCR led Camp Coordination and Camp Management Cluster and with OCHA to discuss current needs and the way towards durable solutions.
Resources were swiftly deployed last Friday to put out the fire, secure the area and support those impacted. Temporary tents, alternative shelters, water, hot meals, and Core Relief Items were provided. During her visit to Duhok, Ms. Vojáčková-Sollorano met with families that were affected by the fire and listened to their concerns and the challenges facing them.
“While I am saddened by the fire incident last Friday, the UN welcomes the KRG and the Governor of Dohuk’s decision to allow the construction of semi-upgraded shelters so that camp residents can live in safety and with dignity. I hope this will put a stop to any such incidents happening again in the future” said the Humanitarian Coordinator.
The UN underscores the increased need to find durable solutions to end displacement in Iraq. All forms of durable solutions have to be voluntary, safe, dignified, and sustainable. The creation of safe conditions and the availability of basic services are an essential.
Ms. Vojáčková-Sollorano reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to continue providing humanitarian assistance for both IDPs and returnees.