New support from the UK will ensure thousands of families in Iraq can survive the first winter since being forced to flee their homes by ISIL terrorists, British International Development Secretary Justine Greening said on Friday.
The £16.5 million in new funding will provide essential help including warm clothing, tents, blankets, heaters and other essential supplies as winter sets in across Iraq and temperatures drop below zero. It brings the total UK commitment to £39.5 million.
Justine Greening called on other countries to follow the UK’s lead and step up with new funding. The UN now estimates that 2.1 million Iraqis have been displaced since January 2014 and are in desperate need of help.