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Volume 2, Issue 5 September—October 2015

European refugee crisis highlights lack of funding for Iraq

Erbil, 13 September 2015 - The families would provide an effective country are in urgent need of hu-
recent arrival of tens of thousands alternative to what otherwise could manitarian assistance, including
of refugees to Europe from across become a much larger influx to Eu- 3.2 million IDPs spread across more
the region confirms the dire hu- rope, Ms. Grande explained. than 3,000 locations. With the con-
manitarian conditions millions of “This investment comes at a frac- flict intensifying, partners estimate
Iraqis now face. “Tens of thousands tion of the cost needed to accommo- an additional 1.4 million people
of Iraqis have fled the conflict for date refugees in Europe,” Ms. may need life-saving assistance
the safety of Europe and hundreds Grande said. “If we are able to pro- before the end of 2015. Of the
of thousands could follow unless vide basic assistance to Iraqi fami- US$498 million requested under
much more is done to alleviate the lies, they will think twice about the Iraq Humanitarian Response
suffering of the more than 8 million their options; if we can provide edu- Plan launched in June for the sec-
men, women and children in Iraq cation for their children and the ond half of 2015, just 34 per cent
who need our help,” United Na- opportunity to earn a living, we will has been funded to date. In July,
tions Humanitarian Coordinator have created a viable alternative to humanitarian agencies were forced
for Iraq, Ms. Lise Grande, said. the dangerous journey they are now to close health activities in 184 of
More than 50,000 Iraqis, many the contemplating.” the 220 health facilities where they
victims of the conflict with the Is- According to the United Nations, were working because of lack of
lamic State of Iraq and the Levant over 8.6 million people across the funding.
(ISIL), are believed to have depart-
ed over the past three months
alone.
The situation is so desperate that
many Iraqis displaced by the con-
flict feel they have no choice but to
put their fate into the hands of
smugglers to secure passage to
Europe.
“How can we convince a family
languishing in an IDP camp with-
out adequate food or healthcare
and with their children out of
school and no hope of returning
home anytime soon that they still
have a future? Ms. Grande asked.
A rapid investment to improve
conditions in the camps and in the
communities hosting displaced
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