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UNICEF to provide cash assistance to displaced Iraqis

ERBIL, Iraq 20 August, 2014 – In response to the continuing humanitarian crisis in Iraq, UNICEF and the Governorate of Dahuk have signed a USD $5 million dollar agreement supporting one-time direct cash assistance to vulnerable, displaced families in the Governorate.

“I spoke to the displaced people in Bajet Kandala, Zakho, and Khanke,” said Dr. Marzio Babille, UNICEF Iraq Representative. “I witnessed families crossing the bridge at Peshkabour. While we are massively scaling up outreach activities, cash in hand will immediately empower families to provide their children with basic necessities when market access exists.”

The cash assistance initiative will see UNICEF contribute USD $5 million to the joint effort, which the Governorate will then distribute to displaced families as unconditional one-time grants in order to provide them with the means to purchase basic goods on the local market. These cash transfers will enable families to establish their own priorities and also directly contribute to host community economies.

This agreement comes as a complement to UNICEF’s mass humanitarian, supply-driven operation of relief and assistance. Since 2nd August, UNICEF has dispatched 89 truckloads, or more than 60 metric tons, of humanitarian aid including safe drinking water for 162,000 displaced people, supplementary food (such as high protein biscuits) for 92,000 people, and emergency health kits serving 100,000 people, among other items. In the next five days, UNICEF will receive nearly 200 metric tons of additional relief supplies via airlift and by sea.


About UNICEF Iraq

UNICEF has been in Iraq since 1983 working and supporting the Government of Iraq to ensure Iraqi children survive and realize their full potential. Maintaining its comparative advantage in health, nutrition, education, water and sanitation, child protection and social policy, UNICEF supports the development of child friendly policies, building the capacity of institutions that deliver essential services to children and convening all duty bearers to realize the full rights of Iraqi children. Via a network of staff and partners, UNICEF’s programmes improve basic health services, safeguard quality education, develop water and sanitation systems, protect children from abuse, violence, and exploitation, and meet the needs of the most deprived and vulnerable. For more information about UNICEF and its work for the children of Iraq, please visit: https://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/iraq.html or www.unicef.org/mena.


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For more information please contact:
Jeffrey Bates, Chief of Communications, UNICEF Iraq, jbates@unicef.org, +964 780 196 4524
Karim Elkorany, External Relations Officer, UNICEF Iraq, kelkorany@unicef.org, +964 780 925 8542




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