U.S. Supports U.N. Airlift of Winter Insulation for Displaced Iraqis
On December 4, 2014, the U.N. Refugee Agency’s fourth airlift of winter insulation arrived at Erbil Airport, supported by the United States’ ongoing humanitarian aid efforts in Iraq. U.S. Consul General Joseph Pennington, UNHCR’s Senior Public Information Officer Edward Colt and Erbil Governor Nawzad Hadi attended the arrival of the airlift.
The airlift is the fourth of seven flights bringing winter insulation kits to 25,000 displaced Iraqi families. The kits include insulated flooring and insulation for tent walls to help vulnerable people cope with the rigors of winter. These materials are part of a broader winterization assistance campaign to provide 600,000 of the most vulnerable Iraqis with essential support before the onset of winter. These UNHCR airlifts are being generously supported by the people and government of the United States.
More than 2 million innocent children, women, and men have been displaced across Iraq since January 2014, according to IOM. The United States is gravely concerned for their health and safety, including for the vulnerable ethnic and religious minority communities who have been specifically targeted by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).
In Fiscal Year 2014, the United States has provided more than $200 million in humanitarian aid to help vulnerable Iraqis in Iraq and the region. We remain committed to the people of Iraq and supporting the Government of Iraq and the Kurdistan Regional Government’s efforts to meet critical humanitarian needs.