Thursday, 09 January 2014 15:25

The UN delivers much needed assistance to Anbar

Baghdad, 9 January 2014 – As part of its preliminary response to address immediate and ongoing needs of displaced and stranded families of Anbar province, the United Nations has started delivering quantities of food and non-food items, as well as potable water supply, hygiene and medical kits.  


In its first consignment on 8 January, UNICEF in collaboration with UNHCR delivered quantities of essential potable water supply and hygiene kits, blankets, and other commodities. These supplies are meant to provide specific assistance and support to children and women affected by the fighting. UNICEF is also delivering medical kits, drugs and consumables aimed to replenish the stocks in a number of local Health authorities. Each kit should cover the basic needs for 10,000 persons for three months.


Yesterday UNHCR also delivered the first 100 Core Relief Items (CRI) kits composed of blankets, plastic tarpaulins, kitchen sets, sleeping mattresses, hygienic supplies and other items to families stranded in schools and mosques in several Fallujah neighbourhoods. At the request of the government of Erbil, UNHCR is refurbishing Baharka transit centre to accommodate displaced people coming from Anbar. 


A second convoy dispatched today by UNHCR will deliver in the coming days an additional 500 CRI kits to schools and mosques where internally displaced persons are staying, while UNICEF has sent additional quantities of water tanks and hygiene supplies. 


Other UN humanitarian agencies, including IOM, WFP and UNFPA are also mobilizing and directing humanitarian assistance in food and non-food items to affected areas, including 1,000 non-food items available for distribution by IOM. WFP today will also distribute 10,000 food items.


“It is essential to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of the people in Anbar province, particularly those in Fallujah and surrounding areas. Ensuring their right to access potable water, hygiene, food and medicine, during the rigid winter days is a priority. I am encouraged by the quick response of the UN agencies, as well as their cooperation with the Government and the people on the ground,” the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Mladenov, said. 


More than 11,000 displaced families have been recorded so far by the United Nations. The UN is closely working with the Ministry of Displacement and Migration and humanitarian partners to continue collecting IDP figures and assessing urgent needs and gaps.


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