4/1/2015 Radio Show – The Refugee Crisis in Northern Iraq

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Segment 1:

Refugee Crisis in Northern Iraq (the Kurdish Region). Velma Anne Ruth, President ABC Community Research

Velma Anne Ruth is President and Founder of the non-profit organization ABS Community Research, established in 2001. Through ABS, Ms. Ruth works with African and Latin American groups  on sustainable projects including health, water, alternative energy etc. Ms Ruth also works with Middle Eastern organizations on human rights issues , humanitarian aid, democracy and government relations. In 2013, Universal Peace Federation appointed Ms. Ruth as an Ambassador for Peace, a UN recognized diplomatic status.

  • The growth and advancement of refugee crisis in the Kurdish region of northern Iraq since US withdrawal in 2011 (at the onset of Syria conflict, when Iran started to build stronger presence against Kurds, including killing Iranian Kurds as they smuggled oil into Iran; and to date with the ISIS crisis in Iraq..

Ms. Ruth speaks of the Refugee Crisis in Northern Iraq…the Kurdish Region  has become a human tragedy of enormous proportions . In the region, before the “conflict environment” there was a population of ca. 5 million people. Today the numbers have increased to 7 Million. Ms. Ruth  explains why Kurdistan has become a “safe haven” for Iraqi, Turk, Christian, Arab, Yezidis refugees and IDP’s (internal displaced persons) …Ms. Ruth speaks of the problems that began to affect the region starting in 2011 with the “closing of US military operations,” the”Iranian” interference, ISIS etc.

 

Segment 2
The Refugee Crisis in Northern Iraq (the Kurdish Region). Velma Anne Ruth, President ABC Community Research

  • The extensive health related needs per request of the Kurdistan Regional Government, as they are appealing also to the US and European governments for assistance; and background on the partners ready to address (including pharmaceutical distributor Savrina, Co, Ltd. In Kurdistan that is working with the government)

Ms. Ruth  gives a brief summary of the timeline of events since the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and comments on the changes in the region “over the course of the years…” Ms. Ruth speaks of the urgent humanitarian needs and cites,  as an example, the case of the persecuted  Catholic community of 5,000  in Mosul  and  the Archbishop’s   statement, “my diocese no longer exists,” after the Isis invasion…What is the Government of Kurdistan doing to cope with the refugee problem? Although there are ca.1,000 sites all over the region, there is great demand for “food, shelter and medical assistance,…they need $1.5million dollars per week to provide” the essentials. Ms. Ruth notes that t Pope Francis, through his personal envoy in Iraq, Cardinal Fernando Filoni,  pledged $1.5 million in aid, and speaks of KOGHI,  (Kurdistan Oil & Gas Humanitarian Initiative ), which has the support of the UN High Commission for Refugees  and how it works… Ms. Ruth also comments on what the US and Eu governments are doing to help.


Segment 3

The Refugee Crisis in Northern Iraq (the Kurdish Region). Velma Anne Ruth, President ABC Community Research

  • The range of international relationships and stakeholders in Kurdistan, and how some energy groups are giving through a program called KOGHI, where the Kurdish government  is requesting energy corp to give to UN agencies 

Ms. Ruth speaks of the organizations involved in providing aid to the region and the urgent needs and demands, like “water distribution.”  Ms. Ruth gives her personal outlook on the crisis, from having “visited the region many times,” and how it may be looked upon as an “interesting crisis from afar,” describing  the  real, deplorable conditions on the ground as “unconscionable…” Ms. Ruth calls attention to the importance on building partnerships  on the relationships her organization has established with  “partners” and “brothers,” members of the Kurdish diaspora in the US, from Boston  to DC…Ms. Ruth  also calls attention to  the importance of “building partnerships, fundraising and reaching an audience of over 1 million Americans through grassroots awareness…”

 

Segment 4

The Refugee Crisis in Northern Iraq (the Kurdish Region). Velma Anne Ruth, President ABC Community Research

Ms. Ruth concludes the interview and speaks of the current fundraising initiatives to address health aid to the refugee crisis, including: partnership with Veterans1 (Ken Feltman) in reaching an audience of over 1 million Americans through grassroots awareness and fundraising, cultivating support from prominent individual donors, and giving program with energy partners that are preparing to set-aside monthly proceeds through energy trading as direct assistance to the cause, in alternative to going through UN agencies (the largest giving we are depending on is dedicated proceeds from international energy trading)

 

 

 

 

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