U.S. Relief Efforts for Refugees in Iraq

The committee heard testimony on the relief efforts being undertaken by the U.S. and allied militaries in Iraq for Kurdish refugees in… read more

The committee heard testimony on the relief efforts being undertaken by the U.S. and allied militaries in Iraq for Kurdish refugees in northern Iraq. Approximately 1.6 million Kurds in Iraq fled to the border of Turkey and Iran after a planned rebellion against Saddam Hussein’s government failed. Turkey refused to allow the refugees into the country, saying it did not have the resources to care for them. Many refugees headed toward Iran, while several hundred thousands camped in the mountains of Iraq to escape Iraqi persecution. Their encampments were spare, with no sewage facilities, water, or reliable food supplies; the airlifted supplies were fought over by the starving refugees. The U.S. began airlifting supplies to the refugees on April 7, 1991, and mapped out and built encampments for the refugees in northern Iraq down from the mountains. Despite an Iraqi government report allowing amnesty for the Kurdish rebels, few of the refugees entered the encampments for fear of Iraqi soldiers. Members of a congressional tour of the area testified on conditions in the encampments and the U.S. efforts to improve them. close

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Program ID:
17683-1
Category:
House Committee
Format:
House Committee
Location:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
First Aired:
Apr 23, 1991
Last Aired:
Apr 28, 1991

Airing Details

  • Apr 23, 1991 | 11:09am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 23, 1991 | 11:19pm EDT | C-SPAN 2
  • Apr 24, 1991 | 4:20am EDT | C-SPAN 1
  • Apr 28, 1991 | 3:05am EDT | C-SPAN 2
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