“Italy’s commitment in Iraq has a long tradition and this contribution is a further tangible sign of our determination to help the Iraqi people, deeply affected by the terrible violence caused by ISIL”, said Mr Marco Carnelos, Italy’s Ambassador to Iraq.
“Our aim is to continue our support for the precious work of UNHCR in restoring peace and prosperity to those in the community who are trying to safely return to their homes”, he added.
“The generous contribution from the Government of Italy will facilitate the reintegration of Iraqi families returning to their homes in Diyala” said UNHCR’s Representative in Iraq, Bruno Geddo (pictured).
“The Iraqi government has faced challenges in restoring public services in all sectors, due mainly to widespread destruction of key infrastructure during the fighting, as well as lack of funding. We hope this contribution will go some way to help rebuilding in Saadiya and Jalawla”, Geddo added.
The work will start in August and is expected to finish by the end of 2016. This will immediately benefit the 8,000 families who have moved back to their original areas, while encouraging nearly 12,000 other displaced families to return home in the near future.
Italy is a major donor to UNHCR, providing over $ 10 million of unrestricted and regional funds in 2016.