CERF Releases $14.9m to Support Displaced Iraqis

Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos (pictured) has approved the allocation of nearly US$15 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support newly displaced families in Iraq.

"This contribution is extremely timely given the persistent increase in displacement of the Iraqi population since September,” Jacqueline Badcock, the Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, said. “It shows the concern of the humanitarian community over the dearth of funds for the newly displaced.”

The funds will help respond to the most urgent needs of up to 200,000 newly displaced people in northern and central Iraq since September. Life-saving activities in the areas of shelter, basic household items, food, health, protection, and water and sanitation will support displaced families in their distress.

Emergency assistance will be provided in areas where the vast majority of those displaced since September have concentrated. These areas include Kirkuk and Anbar governorates; the Kifri and Khanaqin areas of northern Diyala; and some areas of Sulaymaniyah governorate.

This is the first allocation from the CERF after the revision of the Strategic Response Plan in October 2014. It comes in response as humanitarian conditions in Iraq continue to deteriorate and the need for life-saving interventions outpaces funding. With previous contributions nearly exhausted, further international humanitarian funding is urgently needed.

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