BAGHDAD – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has deployed a ten-person emergency team of telecommunications and logistics experts in Iraq to ensure humanitarian partners are equipped with the means to provide rapid delivery of aid to people in need.
The Emergency Telecommunications Cluster (ETC) and the Logistics Cluster, which fall under the leadership of WFP, have helped the entire humanitarian community in its operations that aim to assist over 1.8 million displaced people, by setting up reliable internet and radio services in the field and securing the necessary warehousing for aid.
“At a time when Iraq is struggling with conflict, strong logistical and coordination networks have made it possible for our partners to deliver aid to those who need it -- as quickly and effectively as possible,” said Jane Pearce, Representative and Country Director of WFP in Iraq.
A contribution from the Kuwaiti government of US$2 million has helped the cluster groups carry out their work.
The Logistics Cluster provides coordination and storage services to the aid community. The ETC, a global network of organizations, provides common communications services in humanitarian emergencies.
The ETC is establishing radio networks in the three key operational areas of Erbil, Sulaymaniya and Dohuk, and has installed wireless connectivity for the humanitarian community working in camps for internally displaced people and refugees outside of Dohuk and Sulaymaniya, allowing staff to communicate efficiently with partners in the field. The Logistics Cluster has made available emergency warehouse space in Dohuk and Erbil to support humanitarian partners, enabling them to receive and distribute goods where they are needed most.
WFP has assisted more than one million displaced people since the outbreak of the Iraq crisis that began in Mosul in June. Prior to that, WFP was already assisting about 240,000 people displaced by the conflict in Iraq’s al-Anbar governorate, as well as more than 215,000 refugees from the conflict in Syria who are sheltering in Iraq.
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