Human Resources Minister Zoltan Balog opened a school and
homes built with Hungarian support and signed an agreement on medical
financing in Iraq on Monday.
Balog told MTI by phone that he had opened the school together with
Pishtiwan Sadiq, the Kurdish autonomous government’s acting minister of
education and religious affairs, and Bashar Matti Warda, Chaldean
Catholic bishop of Erbil. The school is operated by the church and the
Hungarian state, while the Hungarian Catholic Church contributed to its
construction with 200 million forints.
An agreement was signed in Erbil’s Saint Joseph clinic under which
the Hungarian government would support its operation in the next six or
eight months, Balog said.
Balog said he had visited the village of Tel Eskof which is inhabited
by Christians and where a thousand homes were rebuilt. Under the
Hungary Helps programme a community centre and church have also been
built for the village, he added. The programme channels support directly
to those in need, without the involvement of large international
organisations, Balog said.