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Iraq: The EU steps up assistance to people fleeing from violence

19/06/2014

The European Union will increase its humanitarian assistance to Iraq by €5 million in order to respond to the urgent needs of those affected by the recent violence in central and northern Iraq.

As a result of the fighting, a large-scale humanitarian crisis is developing with several thousand people being displaced. Preliminary estimates indicate that up to 500 000 people have been displaced from Ninewah so far, adding to the more than 400 000 persons already displaced in the past six months.

"This fresh wave of violence has terrible consequences for vulnerable children, women and men. Our new funding comes on top of €3 million I announced in March during my visit to Baghdad and the Kurdish region of Iraq in anticipation of a further deterioration in the country's security. It will help relieve suffering by providing basic services and assistance. I appeal to all parties to the fighting to ensure the safety of civilians and to respect the role of humanitarians working in dangerous conditions," said Kristalina Georgieva, the European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response.