The Withdrawal of Humanitarian Aid in Iraq

Published on 09 August 2010

At the end of August, we will see a U.S. withdrawal of troops from Iraq. But there is another withdrawal already under way in Iraq: humanitarian aid. Low funding has forced the UN WFP to significantly cut programs that benefit Iraqi school children and malnourished children under the age of five. Caroline Legros, a WFP officer in Iraq says, "The plan of reaching 1.76 million beneficiaries (960,000 primary school children and 800,000 pregnant/nursing women, malnourished children under 5, and their families) has been revised to just under 300,000 beneficiaries in total.”

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