Britain will give 3 million pounds to help Mercy Corps, Save the Children, the International Rescue Committee and Action Against Hunger to provide food, medical supplies, water and sanitation to over 100,000 people across northern Iraq. The funding will be fast-tracked so the four charities can start using it immediately.
UK Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening said “British planes are dropping much-needed aid to help thousands of families stranded on the Sinjar Mountains. DFID is stepping up its work with charities across northern Iraq where nearly 1.5 million people have fled their homes in recent months.”
“Our support is helping hundreds of thousands of Iraqis get the food, water and sanitation they desperately need,” she said.
The 3 million pounds will be fast-tracked through the Department for International Development’s Rapid Response Facility (RRF), which provides emergency funding for charities in the event of a humanitarian crisis.
The four charities will provide around 80,000 people with clean water, improved sanitation facilities and hygiene kits.
They will also provide food, shelter and other support to over 10,000 families who have fled their homes and medical supplies and assistance to 8,000 people and will help raise awareness of key child protection issues and refer children at risk to specialist support services.