Duhok, Iraqi Kurdistan− At least two Syrian refugees died as fire flamed into their tent in Faidiye refugee camp in Duhok province, northern Iraq.
Falak Mohammed and her one-year daughter, Mahabad Ahmeh, lost their life in the incident.
Sources in the camp told ARA News that the fire was caused by an electrical defect near the victims’ tent.
Falak and her daughter left the Syrian city of Qamishli nearly eight months ago, and resorted to the Iraqi Kurdistan looking for a safe haven. They received shelter in the Faidiye camp until the tragic incident claimed their lives on Sunday.
Residents in Faidiye camp expressed their dissatisfaction with the services provided by the local authority, saying that the United Nations turned a blind eye to their suffering.
“If the international organizations would take our situation seriously, such an incident would never occur,” said one of the Syrian refugees in Faidiye. “The Kurdistan government is trying to do its best to satisfy the refugees’ needs, but more attention should be given to the facilities to prevent such incidents in the future. People are fleeing from death to death.”
According to official records of the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), the Kurdistan Region received more than 230,000 Syrian refugees since the start of the ongoing conflict in Syria, most of them are Kurds. The main camps are located near the cities of Duhok, Erbil and Suleimaniye.
Reporting by: Miran Hussein. Contribution: Abdul Ilah Ibrahim
Source: ARA News
(Editing by: Adib Abdulmajid)
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