UK Provides $52 Million in Humanitarian Aid to Iraq

23/09/2016 - 14:31

The funding is part of preparations for expected humanitarian crisis during the anticipated Mosul assault

ERBIL — The UK is stepping up its humanitarian efforts in northern Iraq to put in place food, shelter and water ahead of a major operation to retake Mosul from Islamic State (IS); the aid is worth $52 million, Said Priti Patel, Secretary of State for International Development.

“New UK support will put in place critical stocks and supplies for basic life support such as food, shelter, sanitation facilities, and protection assistance ahead of the Mosul military operations. I urge other countries to follow Britain’s lead,” Patel said on Thursday at the United Nations General Assembly.

The UN estimates that up to 1.5 million people could be affected by the Mosul operations and will be in need of basic life support. Most of the new IDPs are expected to flee to the Kurdistan Region, which already hosts nearly 2 million IDPs and refugees.

The funding announced on Thursday is in addition to the 169.5 million pounds the UK government has already spent on aid in Iraq since 2014.
Earlier last week, US also announced $181 million worth of humanitarian aid to Iraq, part of which will be delivered to Kurdistan Region as it is hosting the largest communities of refugees and IDPs.