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The European Commission provides €18 million in humanitarian aid to the victims of the Iraqi crisis

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03/06/2010  - 

The European Commission finalises its decision to provide a total of €18 million in humanitarian aid for the victims of the Iraqi crisis. The funding will provide protection, water and sanitation, basic household items as well as access to basic health care and psychosocial support to the most vulnerable people inside Iraq and to Iraqi refugees in neighbouring countries, mainly in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.

The Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response, Kristalina Georgieva, said: "After years of displacement or exile, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis still live in dire conditions both in Iraq and in neighbouring countries. Despite generous hospitality measures and while efforts are mobilised for the reconstruction of the country, the humanitarian situation of the most vulnerable among the Iraqi people should not be forgotten. This new package of aid is proof of the European Union solidarity and of its commitment to hold to the humanitarian principles of humanity, neutrality and non-discrimination".