The Federal Foreign Office has increased its aid for Iraqi refugees by a further 2.5 million euro. The money will be donated to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to fund its humanitarian aid operations for Iraqi refugees in Syria and Jordan as well as for internally displaced persons inside Iraq.
We have also provided 1 million euro for refugee programmes run by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and are supporting various aid projects run by German non-governmental organizations. Our aid for Iraqi refugees since the beginning of the year now stands at around 3.7 million euro.
The number of internally displaced persons in Iraq since the start of the war there is now estimated at around 2.8 million. Some 2 million Iraqis have also fled abroad, mostly to Syria and Jordan. This massive influx of refugees places considerable burdens on the infrastructure of receiving countries. Hence the main focus of the refugee projects we are supporting is to provide health care as well as food and household equipment.
Inside Iraq internally displaced persons as well as their host communities also need assistance in the form of medical services, water supplies, food and household equipment.