MP backs calls to help Middle East refugees

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North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon has backed a campaign calling for humanitarian support in the Middle East.

An urgent appeal for money and vital goods to support hundreds of thousands of people who have sought sanctuary in Iraqi Kurdistan from the Islamic State was launched in the House of Commons last week.

Mrs Glindon, who hosted the meeting, said: “The scale of brutality is shocking, and 1.5 million people who have lost everything are living in tents and construction sites in Kurdistan.

“The very cold winter, snow and rain will soon make their lives even more miserable and deadly for the old and the young.

“I know how the Kurds are building a decent democracy. Their economy was doing very well but the influx of 1.5 million people is a major strain on their resources.

“It is like an extra 50,000 people suddenly tipping up in North Tyneside with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

“My fear is that people will die of the cold and that is why this urgent humanitarian appeal for money and new blankets is so important.”

For more on the Kurdistan Emergency Appeal visit www.kurdistanemergency.org