BCF's Message on World Refugee Day

A Syrian refugee woman with her children in Basirma camp, northern Erbil Province


While commemorating the World Refugee Day, Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) reaffirms strong commitment to helping the refugees across the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (KRI).


On World Refugee Day, BCF calls on all sides, particularly humanitarian agencies, to do more to help the millions of refugees around the world. The saddening fact is more and more civilians are forced to flee their countries on a daily basis due to armed conflicts and persecution in order to find a safe shelter.


Meanwhile, the BCF appeals to the local and international humanitarian organizations to scale up their efforts to support the refugees settled in the camps in KRI and provide them with better welfare and livelihood opportunities. 


The BCF is concerned to see that the efforts of the humanitarian organizations to help the refugees in the KRI has seen a significant decrease compared to the efforts during the past few years, exacerbating the situation of the refugees in the region. Therefore, this day needs to be seen as an opportunity to help them more to meet their essential life requirements.


The BCF takes this opportunity to stress the rights of the refugees and treating them according to the international laws of the human rights. The BCF also demands that the refugees in the world and in the KRI should have the right to choose between returning home or staying in the host country and that they need to be provided with essential needs and security in their home country once they return. 


The United Nations has designated June 20th of every year as the World Refugee Day in order to remember the refugees and their sufferings. The UN Secretary-General António Guterres expressed deep concerns about the situation of the refugees in a message he released on June 20, 2018. 


“I am deeply concerned to see more and more situations where refugees are not receiving the protection they need and to which they are entitled,” he said, adding: “We need to re-establish the integrity of the international refugee protection regime.” He noted that “No community or country providing safe refuge to people fleeing war or persecution should be alone and unsupported.”


Due to its security and stability, the KRI has been a safe haven for refugees from the neighbouring countries, largely Syrian refugees. According to the statistics of the BCF, there are 13 refugee camps in the KRI sheltering 88,134 refugees.