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Federal Foreign Office provides support for Iraqi Christians

31.03.2011 - Press release

More than 2 million Iraqis are still displaced within their own country. Many of them are Christians. 500 such families in northern Iraq will receive essential supplies for the coming six months, paid for with Federal Foreign Office funds.

The Federal Foreign Office is making available some 173,000 euro for the assistance of internally displaced persons in northern Iraq. 500 families, mainly Christian, who are currently living in the rural area around Mosul, will receive essential supplies (blankets, food, hygiene articles and medicines) for the coming six months.

This is a further example of the assistance provided by the German Government for internally displaced persons in Iraq. Since December 2010, the Federal Foreign Office has made available aid for some 2350 families in northern Iraq, where a particularly large number of Christians have found refuge.

More than 2 million Iraqis are still displaced within their own country. Weather conditions have compounded the difficulties of these people forced from their homes, making simple survival their top priority.

This project is part of the German Government’s continuing efforts to assist internally displaced persons in Iraq and to further the process of reconciliation within Iraqi society. The Federal Foreign Office has placed several million euro at the disposal of various aid organizations, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), to provide assistance for internally displaced persons and Iraqi refugees in neighbouring countries.

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