The Kurdistan Region of Iraq has started the New Year in a somber mood. To overcome, it needs the help and initiatives of all its citizens.
After four months without salary, many Kurds are desperate. Civil
servants did not get their salaries, because the government does not
have money due to the low price of oil, the continuing disputes with
Baghdad and the consequent budget cut, on top of the costs of the war
against the Islamic State (ISIS).
First the lower classes were hit, especially those civil servants who do
not have a second job. But as people are tightening their belts,
additional income from other sources such as owning a taxi, have
decreased as well.
The Kurdish middle class is now also feeling the effect. Doctors,
engineers and others working for the government on a higher wage, have
hit the end of their reserves too. And with most of those around them
not getting paid either, it has become harder to even find loans to tide
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