Thursday, 24 July 2014 03:00

UNICEF Plane Delivers First Ever Humanitarian Supplies from Europe to Sulimaniyeh

Erbil, 24 July 2014 – UNICEF, in coordination with federal and regional authorities, today operated the first ever airlift of humanitarian aid from Europe to Sulimaniyeh, Iraq.

 

“The arrival of these life-saving supplies will support the continued rapid response by UNICEF and partners to the urgent needs of displaced children, women and their families in south-eastern Kurdistan and northern Diyala,” said Dr. Marzio Babille, UNICEF’s Representative to Iraq. “Critically, this cargo will increase the access of displaced communities to life-saving interventions, while also easing the stress on the host community services.”

The airlift includes nearly 35 metric tons of emergency water, sanitation equipment, and hygiene items such as water purification tablets, jerry cans, tap stands, micronutrients, and oral rehydration solution. 

The cargo will be safeguarded at the warehouses made available by the KRG for this purpose. These items will be urgently distributed via humanitarian corridors opened and maintained by UNICEF in June to Khanaqin and other hard to reach areas where populations have fled from conflict and brutal violence.

 

For more information please contact:

Jeffrey Bates, Chief of Communications UNICEF Iraq, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,  Tel: +964 780 196 4524

Karim Elkorany, External Relations Officer, UNICEF Iraq, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , +964 780 925 8542

 

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  • Agency: UNICEF

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