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Humanitarian aid reaches Qayyarah in northern Iraq

08.09.2016 - Article

For the first time in two years, the World Food Programme has been able to deliver food to people in need in the city of Qayyarah in northern Iraq, thanks to funding provided by the German Government.

For the first time in two years, it has been possible to deliver food to people in need in the city of Qayyarah in northern Iraq, thanks to funding provided by the German Government. With the help of local partner organisations, the World Food Programme (WFP) has been able to distribute emergency rations of dates, beans, lentils, flour, bulgur wheat and oil – enough to feed over 30,000 people for a whole month. In the past two years, the city has been cut off from aid supplies because of the unstable situation in parts of Iraq.

Aid supplies reach northern Iraq
Aid supplies reach northern Iraq© WFP/Iraq

Eleven million people in need

In total, eleven million people in Iraq require humanitarian aid, including more than three million internally displaced persons. Children and young people account for half of those in need. The ongoing liberation of areas occupied by IS near Fallujah and Mosul is currently forcing even more people in Iraq to leave their homes. The difficult security situation in the contested areas often prevents aid deliveries.

Germany is the largest donor

Germany is the largest donor of aid to displaced persons and refugees in Iraq. Since 2014, it has spent over 200 million euros on humanitarian aid projects. In total, Germany is allocating just under 500 million euros to stabilisation, humanitarian aid and development in 2016, in addition to a loan of a further 500 million euros for stabilisation measures. Germany’s support for Iraq this year thus amounts to almost one billion euros.

Millions of Iraqis need humanitarian aid
Millions of Iraqis need humanitarian aid© WFP/Iraq

The World Food Programme – an important partner organisation

Apart from food security, Germany’s humanitarian support focuses on weatherproofing temporary accommodation, providing healthcare and supplying drinking water and waste water treatment. The World Food Programme (WFP) is one of Germany’s most important partner organisations as regards carrying out humanitarian aid measures. Thanks to support of 25 million euros from Germany, the WFP has been able to significantly increase its food aid for people in need in Iraq.

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Germany's humanitarian aid

Iraq country profile

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