Notes from Kirkuk
Bilgay Duman, ORSAM Researcher
ISIS threat affects daily life in Kirkuk. Due to the threat, costs of many products raised in the city. For instance, cost of a can of vegetable oil went up to 32-33 thousand Dinars from 21-22 thousand Dinars. Also in towns under ISIS threat people are unable to go to work and many people do not have an income for the last couple of months. Thus, trade also stopped as a consequence. ISIS’s most significant impact is on education since Iraq’s new educational season has not begun yet. Refugees are dwelling in Kirkuk’s many schools.
A bulk these refugees are Turkmans. The Turkmans who left Telafer, Mosul, Basher, Yengije, Bayat, Karatepe, Jalewle, and Hanekin are placed in schools and mosques in Kirkuk. Their situation is really bad. Charities and foundations especially founded by the Turkmans are trying help with their campaigns. Though they are not enough and a working mechanism has been formed yet.
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