The UK will provide an additional £2 million of emergency humanitarian relief to help tens of thousands of ordinary Iraqis in serious need, Prime Minister David Cameron announced today (18 June 2014).
This second package of support will provide emergency medicines, including polio and measles vaccinations, food and basic shelter to women, men and children affected by the crisis. It will also enable aid agencies on the ground to trace and reunite families who have been separated while fleeing from the violence.
An initial £3 million of support was announced last Saturday (14 June 2014) by International Development Secretary Justine Greening. Today’s announcement brings to £5 million the total direct humanitarian support that is being provided by the UK for this crisis.
Justine Greening said:
The ongoing violence in Iraq means there are hundreds of thousands of ordinary Iraqi women, men and children suffering terrible hardship on a daily basis.
Britain took rapid action last weekend to assist with the humanitarian fallout by providing water, sanitation and medicines and funding UN mobile protection teams for vulnerable women and girls.
This further package of support will deliver food, vaccinations and shelter and enable UN agencies to trace and reunite families who have been separated while fleeing from violence.