A GROUP helping refugees and asylum seekers in Huddersfield has voiced fears over Iraq.
The Kurdish Cultural Community Kirklees has condemned the worsening security situation in Iraq.
A bomb attack in Abril on February 1, killed over 100 people. Many were relatives of group members.
Alan Brooke, a KCCK spokesman, said: "There is a lot of anguish and concern for relatives in Iraq.
"The situation is made worse because the Government is refusing asylum.
"A lot of people here have no money, no place to live and no support from the Government."
KCCK was set up a year ago to promote the Kurdish culture and language and raise awareness in the community about what is happening in Kurdistan.
KCCK chairman Mr Dara Ahmed said the only way of finding a real solution to the problems in Iraq was through peaceful means.
He said: "The established political parties have contributed to the problem by using tribalism and religion for their own purposes.
"All genuinely democratic, secular, Left and progressive forces should co-operate towards this aim at grass-roots level.
"A Kurdish state cannot be achieved by terror."
In a poll of the 500 members of KCCK, 59% said they wanted a fully-independent Kurdistan.