TURKMEN REFUGEES ARE IN DANGER OF STARVATION: TURKMEN MP FROM THE IRAQI PARLIAMENT
Updated : 21.09.2014 13:01:16
Published : 21.09.2014 12:04:50
BAGHDAD — More than 350,000 Turkmens, who have become
asylum seekers due to the ongoing conflict in Iraq, are "in danger
of starvation," according to a Turkmen MP from the Iraqi
"The number of Turkmen refugees has exceeded 350,000, and they
are in danger of starvation because the government failed to
financially support them," Nahla Sallamah said during a press
conference Saturday in Iraq's capital, Baghdad.
250,000 of the asylum seekers were from the northern
Turkmen-majority city of Tal Afar, the MP said.
Sallamah called on the government to pay the salaries of Turkmen
civil servants as soon as possible.
The chaos created by militants with the self-proclaimed Islamic
State of Iraq and al-Shma (ISIS) has so far displaced an estimated
1.2 million Iraqis from their homes. The group has mainly targeted
Shia Muslims, Turkmens, Ezidis, and Christians.
The Iraqi army had failed to respond to a sudden offensive by
ISIS in June, which led the group to take control of large swathes
of land in the country, including Mosul province in the north