Local authorities shut down Nazrawa IDP camp in eastern Kirkuk

February 12, 2019 at 11:37 am

Kirkuk- Nazrawa IDP camp in Laylan, 2017 Photo: KirkukNow

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An IDP camp located in Laylan, east of Kirkuk province has been closed down by the Kirkuk administration.

The decision to shut down Nazrawa camp came after the majority of the IDP camp settlers, who were displaced by the war against the Islamic State (IS) group, returned to their areas of origin in Hawija, southwest of the province.

Ramla al-Obaidi, of Kirkuk provincial council’s human rights committee said “the remaining families were transferred to nearby camps in Laylan.”

Nazrawa IDP camp was established in 2015 with the capacity to shelter 8400 people. Al-Obaidi noted that “the Kirkuk administration started the preparations to close down the camp nearly a month ago; however the fire incident which occurred recently in the camp delayed the process.”

“Due to the lack of essential services in the camp and the dire conditions for the displaced families we decided to close the camp and transfer them to other camps”, she added.

402 IDPs who were sheltered in Nazrawa camp have returned to their home areas in Hawija

Hawija district, 55 km southwest of Kirkuk, was overrun by IS militants in mid-2014, and was recaptured by Iraqi forces in September 2017.

Earlier, the Iraqi ministry of migration and displacement, in a statement, announced that 402 IDPs who were sheltered in Nazrawa camp have returned to their home areas in Hawija.

A spokesman for the ministry indicated that their teams facilitated the return of these families and distributed food and nutrition assistance to the returnees.

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