Under the motto of Mustafa Barzani which says that “It is an honor to serve one’s own people,” the BCF continued its projects and activities. This article emphasizes the essential projects of BCF in 2019.
The BCF projects have been implemented in the following sectors (Food, NFI, Coordination, WASH, Health, Cash Assistance, Protection, Shelter, Education, Livelihood). The total number of activities was (4,164) in which (4,952,568) individuals benefited.
The BCF activities have crossed the Iraqi borders in 2019, within the total number of beneficiaries, (11,800) beneficiaries were from Bangladesh and (107,048) from Syria.
Opening Medical Clinic in Bangladesh
The BCF in coordination with MedGlobal and Helpers OBAT opened a medical clinic for Rohingya Muslim refugees in Kutupalong refugee, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh. Health crises threaten lives of (700) thousand refugees in the camp This clinic provides medical treatment for (500) persons per day. The project continued for three months and (11,810) individuals benefited, in which (80.1%) were elders and (9.19%) were children.
Receiving Northeast Syria Refugees
Due to the ongoing tensions in Northeast Syria and the Turkish army’s invasion of northern Syria, another wave of refugees took place in the Kurdistan Region on October 15, 2019. The refugees were from the cities (Afrin, Gre Spi, Kobane, Teltamar, Amuda). By the end of 2019, the total number of refugees reached (18,848), the majority settled in the Bardarash camp in Duhok province.
At the time of their asylum, they were received daily at both border points (Walidiya-Sehilan) by the BCF teams providing food, water, clothes, and children’s necessities. During the (45) days after the refugees’ arrival in the camps (188,568) hot meals were served to the refugees. On November 11, 2019, the BCF officially was addressed to manage the Bardaresh with the support from Duhok province, and the UNHCR carried out that task.
Future of Coexistence Post ISIS Conference
On the occasion of the International Day of Peace, the Barzani Charity Foundation (BCF) hosted “Future of Coexistence Post ISIS Conference”, in the attendance of ministers, academics, university teachers, international organizations’ representatives. After the speech of Minister of Endowment and Religious Affairs, the Head of BCF delivered his speech. BCF presented two kinds of research (44 ISIS Survived Women) and (Christians’ Future in Iraq) and delivered two panels. Besides, conference recommendations were addressed to the associated officials in the Republic of Iraq, Kurdistan Regional, and the United Nations.
Delivering Aid Convoys to Syria
After the outbreak of tensions and Turkish invasion in Northern Syria, the BCF sent (6) convoys of aid including (871) tons of (tents, mattresses, kitchen sets, medicines, health kits, water filter, blanket, baby milk, medical needs, pillow, sleeping bags, and clothes) by (165) trucks to (Amuda, Qamishlo, Al-Hassakah, Warshokani Camp). The aid was supported by several companies and international organizations. The first aid convoys launched on October 15, 2019, and continued to send aid until the end of 2019.
For more information on the BCF projects and activities in 2019, you can read the BCF Annual Report 2019.