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Iraq: Kurdish Peshmerga Take Over Che...
Gop Jalil
By Stefanos
12 Jun 2014

June 12, 2014
Gop Jalil, Mosul, Iraq

Images of Peshmerga soldiers at a checkpoint after they gained controlled the village of Gop Jalil located on Mosul-Irbil road. The new checkpoint is located only 100m from ISIL frontlines.

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Mosul Refugees Describe Their Ordeal
Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan
By Transterra Editor
11 Jun 2014

June 11, 2014
UNHCR refugee camp near Erbil, Iraqi Kurdistan

Refugees from Mosul describe their situation at a UNHCR relief camp at an Iraqi-Kurdistan border checkpoint. Included is an interview with an American UNHCR representative.

Vox Pop 1: Catherine Robinson - UNHCR (English)

Vox Pop 2:
“The situation here in the camps is not bad, they [Iraqi-Kurdish Authorities] made a nice reception for us and they distributed the available aid. They welcomed us and they were not delinquent in their treatment of us, they gave us everything we need. This is the third day and the families who are here now number ten. There are people who came and they made them go back and more people are coming on the way”.

Vox Pop 3:
“We are fine and healthy, nobody is neglecting us and we are doing well. We would like to thank you and thank the whole staff for all this work you are doing for us. We came from Mosul, Tal al-Rumman. A day here and six days under the control, and we want to thank them, they brought us here and provided help for us and gave us services and everything”.

Vox Pop 4:
“We are refugees from Mosul and we came here because the situation in Mosul is tragic. We have been here for four days. I thank the Peshmerga here and the people who are working here who are helping us and the UN who have provided the tent I am living in with my children. Thank God for this. We have been here for four days and services are available, the water and the tent and everything, they are providing us with our needs. And it is very safe, I cannot even hear one bullet shot, it is very safe”.

Vox Pop 5:
“My name is Hussein Ali, from Mosul. We have been here for two days, we are humiliated and our situation is bad. What can we do? For two days, yesterday and today, we are sleeping in the car. Yesterday no tents were available, but today we are going to the tents. We have nobody in Erbil to go to Erbil and stay there, but people here were very helpful to us and they did not neglect us. Since yesterday, they help us and respect us. My name is Hussein”.

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World Largest Dolma Feast in Erbil (1...
By Stefanos
03 May 2014

kawergosk Camp. More than 16.000 Syrian refugees are living in there. 1.600 are children.
Medes school of Erbil organised an event with the biggest Dolma in world. Here are Syrian Refugees students waiting in the line to take Dolma and Juice!!!

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World Largest Dolma Feast in Erbil (1...
By Stefanos
03 May 2014

In Kawergosk Camp in Erbil more than 16.000 Syrian Refugees are living. There are also 1.600 children. They are studing there. Medes School of Erbil Organised an Event with the Biggest Dolma ever in World for Syrian Refugees . Here are a Syrian refugee student taking Dolma and Juice from the Organiseres.

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World Largest Dolma Feast in Erbil (1...
By Stefanos
03 May 2014

More than 40 Student of ''Medes School'' in Erbil Organised an event with the Biggest Dolma ever in World to give food to Syrian Refugees in Kawergosk Camp and also get a chance to get in World Record Guinness Book.

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World Largest Dolma Feast in Erbil (1...
By Stefanos
03 May 2014

Children of Kawergosk Camp in Erbil! In Kawergoskm Camp living more than 15.000 Syrian Refugees. There are 1.600 children. In 3/5/14 Medes School of Erbil Organised an event with ''The Biggest Dolma Ever in World'' . They Organised this event to give food to Children of Kawergosk Camp (Syrian rrefugees). Here are two children after taking their Dolma...

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World Largest Dolma Feast in Erbil (4...
By Stefanos
03 May 2014

more than 40 students from Erbil Medes School participate in this event. World largest Dolma feast was students Idea. To give food to Syrian Students in Kawergosk Camp in Erbil!

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Iraq - Kawrgosk Refugee Camp
Erbil, Iraq
By Victor Point
02 May 2014

Since the beginning of the Syrian civil war in 2011, around 210 000 refugees, mostly Kurdish, have found refuge in Iraqi kurdistan. The Kawrgosk camp is one of the eight camps of the region and the closest to the capital, Erbil. It opened in August 2013, after the border with Syria re-opened. Today, the camp hosts around 12,000 people, packed in 1,800 tents. The majority of them are from Qamishli in Syria.

Facilities and medicine are scarce. Funding also remains an issue for the NGOs working in the camp. Refugees who want to work outside the camp need a permit from the Iraqi authorities and have to go through long administrative procedures to obtain one. Those who are able to get a work permit are only allowed to do manual jobs. The money they earn allows them to buy items they don't received through humanitarian aid from the Kurdish government and the NGOs.

Children make half of the camp population. Only those above seven can attend school, as there are no classes for the youngest. Teachers are refugees also living in the camp. However, school is not mandatory and many children don't attend.

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Aerial Photo of Erbil
Erbil, Iraq
By Mariwan Salihi
06 Jun 2012

Aerial views of the outskirts of Erbil, capital of northern Iraq's Kurdistan Region.

The city of nearly two million inhabitants is seeing massive developments, thanks to its relative safety , foreign investments and a growing energy sector. In this photo: Royal City, English Village, parts of the Italian City, Erbil Divan Hotel, Erbil Rotana Hotel, Sami Abdulrahman Park and the Erbil International Fairground.