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Department for International Development written question – answered on 7th November 2014.

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Photo of Gareth Thomas Gareth Thomas Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs), Party Chair, Co-operative Party

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance her Department is giving to the Yazidi people; and if she will make a statement.

Photo of Desmond Swayne Desmond Swayne The Minister of State, Department for International Development

In August, the UK conducted seven air drops to provide life-saving aid to Yazidi people trapped on Mount Sinjar. Through these airdrops, DFID provided over 80 tonnes of aid, including 9,400 reusable water purification containers filled with clean water, 1,000 solar lanterns, and 1,000 shelter kits for the people stranded on the mountain.

In addition, DFID has provided £17.5 million of funding to UN agencies, NGO partners and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). This funding will allow partners to provide basic life-saving assistance, including food, shelter, water, sanitation and medical care. Our aid is reaching displaced people across Iraq, including in the Kurdish region, where many Yazidis have fled to.

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