Funding boost for UN relief operations in Iraq

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Valerie Amos, UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

United Nations humanitarian operations in Iraq have received a boost following a donation of US $500 million from the government of Saudi Arabia.

Valerie Amos, United Nations Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator said the funds will enable a rapid scale up of efforts to prevent the spread of diseases and support displaced families with vital lifesaving supplies.

More than 1.2 million Iraqis have been displaced by the recent flare-up of violence and many are in urgent need of water, food, shelter, healthcare, sanitation and protection from violence.

Children are especially vulnerable to outbreaks of disease and malnutrition, made worse by poor living conditions and the hot summer temperatures.

Ms Amos said the Saudi contribution is a strong sign of international solidarity with Iraqis trying to cope in a desperate situation.

Sophie Outhwaite, United Nations.

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