On November 19, U.S. Ambassador Stuart Jones visited Erbil to assess efforts to address the urgent humanitarian needs of displaced populations in the Iraqi Kurdistan Region (IKR). To date, the United States Government (USG) has contributed more than $202 million in support of the international humanitarian response to the complex emergency in Iraq, which began in early 2014.
During his visit, Ambassador Jones met with Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Minister of Interior Karim Sinjari and Minister of Planning Ali Sindi as well as representatives from international and nongovernmental organizations operating in the region. The Ambassador also visited the Baharka internally displaced persons (IDP) Camp and the Ankawa Mall IDP center in Erbil, where he met with the Bishop of Ankawa and spoke with displaced families to learn of their experiences.
In his official meetings, the Ambassador thanked KRG leaders and community members for their generosity in addressing the urgent needs of IDPs. He also applauded the coordination between the KRG and international humanitarian agencies to deliver emergency relief to those displaced by the ongoing conflict.
Ambassador Jones said, “This visit to Erbil was an important opportunity to see how our assistance is being used to help vulnerable populations in Iraq. Relief agencies are making progress and providing urgently needed emergency assistance, including shelter and winterization support. Challenges remain and we continue to assess the evolving situation and seek solutions for the cold winter months ahead.”
The USG supports the distribution of winterization kits and weather-appropriate shelter, and funds the provision of emergency healthcare services, safe drinking water, and sanitation infrastructure to help IDPs and refugees in Iraq meet their basic needs.
(Source: Embassy of the United States)