09. May 2018
Joy and jubilee for the Esidy-Kurdish refugees: Each family receives six chickens and six geese, each one male and five females.
Udo Stolte and his intern Anthony van den Assem from the Shelter Office in Braunschweig/Germany are in the midst of everything the action, laying hands on as the fowl is transported from the pick-up truck to the chicken coop – under great protest from the geese. Some chickens had already begun to lay eggs during the transport – possibly out of stress, alternatively from the pure joy of being finally released.
The obvious goal of course is the reproduction of livestock. Primarily the chickens shall provide the refugees with eggs, the geese are responsible for the production of meat. The future selling of excess of offspring will earn some income for the Esidies. The Esidies have a lot of experience in the holding of livestock, as their ancestral home grounds, the Shingal Mountains are a very rural area.
Since 2015 we have been working with the Esidies living in unofficial campsites. They avoid the big official camps because they are in constant fear of reprisal from extremist Muslim neighbors.
Therefore, they sat up their camps in little communities ranging from 5 to 10 families in the outskirts of the city of Suleymaniya. The site of their encampments is depending on the good will of each land owner. At these locations they do not receive any food rations by the UN, which has proven to be their greatest disadvantage.
However, this disadvantage turns out to be a blessing in this particular project. They have the space to hold poultry in their small campsites. As a community contribution they already constructed the necessary enclosures for the holding of livestock. During the day the doors of the chicken coops are open to make it possible for the chickens and geese to browse on the grass in the area. Additional food is provided by the Refugees themselves.
We are eagerly awaiting the outcome of the project!