Critical Humanitarian Situation in 3 Southern Provinces

I moved to Kerbala because it is expensive elsewhere and I need shelter for my children. Time has stopped for us. There is no work, no schools and no future,” she told WFP. “We receive WFP food rations every month. Without this help I would be begging for food.”

During the assessment, WFP staff met officials from the three southern governorates, including the First Deputy to the Governor of Najaf, the head of the provincial council of Kerbala and the Deputy Governor of Babel, to discuss food assistance to displaced people.

WFP delivers large amounts of food each year in the form of monthly food parcels that contain items such as wheat flour, cooking oil, rice and pasta, offering families nourishing meals. Others still on the move receive immediate response rations that include canned food.

“In August of 2014, WFP established a sub-office in Basrah dedicated to supporting internally displaced Iraqis in the southern governorates. The office is exploring different ways to expand assistance to displaced families,” said Asif Niazi, coordinator of WFP southern operations.

WFP provides food assistance to all of Iraq’s 18 governorates, reaching a total of 1.4 million displaced Iraqis in 2014. In northern parts of Iraq, WFP began in November to provide hungry people with food vouchers enabling them to buy and choose food for themselves. Food vouchers, because they are spent in local shops, support the local economy, and strengthen local markets.

(Source: United Nations)

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