U.S. Sup­ports U.N. Air­lift of Win­ter In­su­la­tion for Dis­placed Iraqis

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS -

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.

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