Iraq: Humanitarian Aid

Department for International Development written question – answered on 12th July 2017.

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Photo of Edward Argar Edward Argar Conservative, Charnwood

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps her Department is taking to provide humanitarian support to (a) all the inhabitants and (b) the children in Mosul once the city has been liberated from Da'esh.

Photo of Alistair Burt Alistair Burt Minister of State (Department for International Development) (Jointly with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK is providing lifesaving assistance to those who have fled fighting in Mosul and we will continue to do so once Mosul is liberated. We are supporting UNICEF to provide water supply facilities in 12 camps for 166,000 displaced people, about half of whom are children. We are funding UNHCR to provide cash assistance for vulnerable displaced Iraqis, allowing them to prioritise what they need most such as food or household items. The UK is also funding the International Organisation for Migration to provide healthcare for Mosul’s citizens, including upgrading four surgical and medical emergency units and supporting ten health facilities in liberated areas of Mosul. The UK is the largest donor to the Iraq Humanitarian Pooled Fund which funds projects across Iraq including protection services for children in and around Mosul.

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