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Commissioner Stylianides announces additional €10 million EU humanitarian aid for Iraq

by EU ECHO Peter Biro
The EU has announced an additional €10 million in assistance to address the needs of the most vulnerable Iraqis, including survivors of violence and children. ©EU/ECHO/Peter Biro

The European Commission has announced an additional €10 million in humanitarian assistance to Iraq, bringing the total EU humanitarian contribution to this crisis to €350 million since 2015.

The announcement came as Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management Christos Stylianides co-chaired the Ministerial-level event on Iraq in the margins of the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York: "The end of the Mosul military campaign has marked the beginning of a new phase of international support to Iraq. The EU is committed to continue being at the forefront of the humanitarian response. The protection of civilians is paramount and the international community must work together to help Iraqis rebuild their lives. Our additional funding announced today is for the most vulnerable Iraqis, including survivors of violence, children who have lost their parents and childhood to the war. The European Union will stand by them for as long as it takes."

The new funding aims to provide lifesaving support to the affected populations and those affected by displacement, including in the aftermath of the Mosul military campaign. It will also provide psychosocial and mental health support to the survivors of violence during the conflict.

Background

The humanitarian crisis in Iraq is one of the largest and most complex in the world. Since the beginning of this crisis, the EU has been at the forefront of the humanitarian response in Iraq, enabling life-saving operations throughout the country, especially in hard-to-reach areas and locations directly affected by the conflict.

In full respect of humanitarian principles, the EU channels its substantial aid through partner organisations to where needs are the highest. In addition to direct humanitarian funding, the European Commission supports the coordination and transport of emergency supplies, such as tents, blankets, hygiene kits, medical equipment and other material offered by participating states to the EU Civil Protection Mechanism.

Publication date
21/09/2017