ROME – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today welcomed a contribution of US$2 million from the government of Kuwait to help bring desperately-needed food to thousands of Iraqi families displaced from their homes due to the conflict that started in Mosul in June.
This contribution is part of a US$9.5 million total contribution from Kuwait to UN agencies and the International Organization of Migration to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to the displaced people in Iraq.
“Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been forced out of their villages. Their situation is worsening by the day and they are in urgent need of assistance. The timely contribution of Kuwait will help WFP provide food assistance to thousands of Iraqi families who fled to the three governorates of the Kurdistan Regional Government as well as those living in shelters and camps in Nineveh, Babel, Karbala and Kirkuk,” said Jane Pearce, Country Director of the WFP office in Iraq.
Despite a challenging security situation and displaced people on the move, WFP has distributed food to close to 133,000 people since mid-June and plans to scale up its operation to reach over 200,000 displaced people in the coming weeks.
“We are extremely grateful and humbled by the generosity of the State of Kuwait and its people as they continue to support our multiple emergency operations around this region,” said Pearce. “Kuwait plays a pioneering role in supporting humanitarian efforts and mobilizing the international community to provide desperately needed funds, as shown in their significant contributions for the Syria emergency for two years in a row.”
Before the latest wave of displacements, starting with the violence in Mosul, WFP was already assisting about 240,000 people displaced by conflict in Iraq’s al-Anbar governorate, as well as more than 100,000 refugees from the conflict in Syria, who are sheltering in Iraq.
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