IOM Participates in UN Airlift from Iraq to Syria

500 familiy hygiene kits were airlifted from IOM Iraq's central warehouse in Erbil, Iraq to Qaamishli in northeast Syria, providing much needed supplies to families living in this hard-to-access area. 

These IOM Non-Food Items (NFIs) were part of an interagency cargo organized by the Global Logistics Cluster, with the aircrafts contracted through the UN World Food Programme (WFP). The relief items delivered also included food and clothes provided by the WFP and the UN children’s agency UNICEF.  The IOM relief items occupied about 50% of the airplane cargo capacity. The airlift was free of charge to IOM and inter-mission cooperation was coordinated with the Syrian Response Team.

Each individual hygiene kit supplied by IOM Iraq contains 10 kg of cleaning powder, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, towels, and other basic sanitary items sufficient for one family. In the coming days IOM Syria will organize the distribution of these relief kits on the ground. 

International agencies have repeatedly sounded the alarm about their inability to supply regular aid by road (logistically simpler and cheaper, but due to the fighting more dangerous) to the millions of Syrians who have been driven from their homes during nearly three years of conflict. 

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