IOM Iraq: Addressing the Syrian Crisis

On 26 May 2013, IOM distributed 50 Non-Food Items (NFI) and hygiene kits to Syrian families living in Dahuk Region, northern Iraq. This NFI distribution was funded by the Government of Japan; it is the first in a series of distributions that will be carried out by IOM Iraq over the next few months.

The Government of Japan funded IOM with 300,000 USD to provide aid to populations affected by the Syrian crisis in Iraq - both Syrian refugees and Iraqis coming back from Syria who cannot return to their original communities due to security issues and ongoing sectarian violence. 

The assistance will address the immediate needs of 590 vulnerable refugee and returnee families, reaching more than 3,500 people in 1O cities all over Iraq. 

IOM, as a member of the UN Country Team, will support the most vulnerable populations in partnership with other humanitarian agencies and local authorities in order to maximize the results of the overall humanitarian response. 

The NFIs will be given out to address the immediate needs of those vulnerable families; the items will include stoves, mattresses, blankets, pillows, jerry cans, cool boxes, lights, fans, cabinets, mats, as well as hygienic and cleaning supplies.

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