Internally Displaced Persons – Self-promotion or Humanitarianism?

Ever since the attacks that took place starting June of 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS) – there has been a huge influx in the numbers of the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs). As of August of this year, due to a report by the United Nations (UN) and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) – more than 1.8 million IDPs have tirelessly moved into the KRG – only the KRG. There are more numbers in other parts of Iraq.InternallyDisplaced

It’s a humanitarian task on behalf of all the residents residing within the KRG to help out the IDPs in the simplest acts possible. And that’s completely understandable. But what happens when the people helping out use this as a way of promoting themselves to further their careers and personal ambitions? Should that be an acceptable act? It seems like when people go to the IDP sites (hospitals, mosques, schools, etc.) they only go once or twice to take pictures with the people who they see as objects to show that they’re helping out.

Helping out the IDPs is humanitarian obligation we should all engage in and view as a serious task since as Kurds, we too were displaced in our own countries in the past. But there’s a fine line between self-promotion and actual helping out. It’s a line that one can easily miss out on. The point of writing this is to plead to the people helping out to actually view these people as human beings first – and actually see their struggle rather than only do this to ‘show’ their humanitarian acts.


By: Azheen Ihsan Fuad