The Federal Foreign Office is increasing its humanitarian aid for Iraqi refugees by 500,000 euro. The money will be channelled to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to help internally displaced persons in Iraq.
Federal Foreign Office aid for Iraqi refugees this year now stands at 5 million euro, of which 3 million (including the latest commitment) went to UNHCR for humanitarian relief operations for Iraqi refugees in Syria and Jordan as well as internally displaced persons in Iraq itself. Two further sums of one million euro each have gone to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Iraq and to various aid projects run by German non-governmental organizations.
The number of internally displaced persons in Iraq since the start of the war there is now estimated at around 2.7 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. The aid is being used to fund health care projects, for example, as well as food and household equipment for the refugees.
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.
Since 2003 the Federal Foreign Office has made available more than 27 million euro for humanitarian aid and humanitarian demining in Iraq.