During his recent visit to Iraq, Minister of Human Capacities Zoltán Balog officially opened a school and homes which had been built with Hungarian support. In addition, he signed an agreement on providing financing for medications at the Saint Joseph Clinic in Erbil.
Balog opened the school together with Pishtiwan Sadiq, acting Minister of Education and Religious Affairs of the Kurdish autonomous government and Bashar Matti Warda, Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Erbil.
The school is operated by the Chaldean Catholic church and the Hungarian state. The Hungarian Catholic Church contributed to the construction of the school with 200 million forints (EUR 638,170).
Additionally, an agreement was signed in Saint Joseph Clinic in Erbil, which is treating Iraqi Christian refugees for free, under which the Hungarian government would support its operations for a period of the next six or eight months, Balog said.
Balog also visited the village of Tel Eskof, inhabited by Christians, where a thousand homes were rebuilt. He added that under the Hungary Helps program, a community center and a church have also been built for the village. The program channels support directly to those in need, without the involvement of large international organizations, Balog said.