Cyprus Mail

Tent of hunger striking Kurds almost washed away

Immigrant support group KISA on Tuesday called on the Cyprus government, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, and civil society organisations to turn their attention to the plight of Kurds from Syria, after they have been camped outside the interior ministry more than a month.
In a statement, KISA said they are protesting the authorities’ refusal to review their requests for international protection for seven years, while for four of the protesters, Tuesday marked their fourteenth day of hunger-striking.
In a meeting last Friday, KISA was assured by the competent state bodies that the applications to be granted refugee status would be examined in a favourable light by the end of this week.
But Tuesday’s torrential rain flooded their tents, destroying one.
Due to the emergency, KISA called on the government to conclude the evaluation of the asylum requests, the UNHCR to assist the authorities in coming to a fair decision, and civil service organisations, as well as the general public to contribute blankets, sheets, winter clothing, a tent and juices.
The non-governmental organisation also asked for foodstuff for the protesters who are not on a hunger strike, one of whom suffers from diabetes.

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