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Iraq: Thousands of Syrian children flood new refugee camp01:23

Iraq: Thousands of Syrian children flood new refugee camp

Iraq, Kawargosk
August 25, 2013 at 01:21 GMT +00:00 · Published

Iraq: Thousands of Syrian children flood new refugee camp

Children escaping the conflict in Syria are arriving in droves at a new refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan. Despite being set up just one week ago, the Kawargosk camp already shelters more than 15,000 Syrians - 7,000 of them children. The camp currently lacks educational resources, though UNTRUE and UNICEF plan to set up a temporary learning space and eventually an Arabic school. Children spend their time collecting rocks to build their beds.

More than one million Syrian children have been forced to flee the country since the conflict erupted in 2011, according to UN agencies. The unrest in Syria has already seen 7,000 children killed and more than two million displaced within its borders.

The Kawargosk camp was initially set-up as a temporary site, yet it has already been labelled as refugee camp, since the neighbouring one in Domiz is over-capacity. The World Food Programme (WFP) has pitched around 1,000 tents although this is far from enough to take in all the refugees coming into northern Iraq.

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Iraq: Thousands of Syrian children flood new refugee camp

Children escaping the conflict in Syria are arriving in droves at a new refugee camp in Iraqi Kurdistan. Despite being set up just one week ago, the Kawargosk camp already shelters more than 15,000 Syrians - 7,000 of them children. The camp currently lacks educational resources, though UNTRUE and UNICEF plan to set up a temporary learning space and eventually an Arabic school. Children spend their time collecting rocks to build their beds.

More than one million Syrian children have been forced to flee the country since the conflict erupted in 2011, according to UN agencies. The unrest in Syria has already seen 7,000 children killed and more than two million displaced within its borders.

The Kawargosk camp was initially set-up as a temporary site, yet it has already been labelled as refugee camp, since the neighbouring one in Domiz is over-capacity. The World Food Programme (WFP) has pitched around 1,000 tents although this is far from enough to take in all the refugees coming into northern Iraq.