The Kurdish region of Iraq (KRI) has received around 1 million internally displaced Iraqis and more than 200.000 Syrian refugees. A new DRC Community Centre in Kasnazan will insure support for vulnerable refugees, internally displaced and members of host-communities outside of Erbil city in areas where humanitarian presence is limited.
In cooperation with Department for International development (DFID) under the British government, the Danish Refugee Council (DRC) has opened a Community Centre in Kasnazan offering psychosocial support, legal assistance as well as training and income-generating activities.“As a key-humanitarian actor working with a central international donor we have the capacity to increase our presence in areas with unmet needs. In Kasnazan we saw the combination of little humanitarian presence and a great potential in the local community. The Community Centre will function as an open-space where vulnerable individuals from all communities in Kas Nazan will be able to access a wide range of services,” says Marie Dozin, Protection Manager for Erbil Governorate.
The recent opening ceremony was attended by the local authorities including the Mayor of the District of Kasnazan, Muhktars of the area, community, IDP and refugee leaders, representative from the Asayish and neighbours and people from the community.“The success of the Community Centre is linked closely to acceptance and cooperation from the local community. As representatives from DRC we are of course enthusiastic about the well- attended opening ceremony and the positive response we have so far received,” says Vicente Palacios, Head of Office for Erbil Governorate.
The project started in October 2014 and is funded by DFID. Similar activities are planned to take place in Dohuk governorate, such as Community Centres in Zahko and Domiz.Since 2003, DRC has been active in Iraq with operations presently in the governorates of Erbil, Duhok, Baghdad, Kerbala, Anbar, Najaf and Diyalla.