Belgium allocates 13.5 million euros in humanitarian aid to assist Iraq and help stabilise the country
Belgium has decided, under the impulse of Deputy Prime Ministers Alexander De Croo and Didier Reynders, to allocate 13.5 million euros of humanitarian aid in order to give vital support to vulnerable groups in Iraq, as well as to displaced persons and Syrian refugees.
UNHCR, the United Nations refugee organisation, will receive a contribution of 2 million euros to improve the reception of Syrian refugees in various camps in Iraqi Kurdistan (amongst others the camps of Kawergosk, Qushtapa, Basirma and Darashakran in the Erbil governorate and Arbat camp in Sulaymaniyah governorate). A part of the funds will be used to prepare the camps for the winter. Another part is aimed at improving the service delivery in terms of accommodation, education, health, water and sanitation. FAO, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, will receive a contribution of 2 million euros for a two-year programme in order to stimulate incomes from agriculture. Furthermore, 6 million euros will be made available over two years to United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator Lise Grande, who will be able to immediately finance the most pressing needs. Finally, another 1 million euros will be earmarked to OCHA to improve the coordination of all humanitarian aid in Iraq.
Belgium also wants to contribute to the stabilisation and reconstruction of areas previously held by Daesh and meanwhile liberated. Therefore, to facilitate the return of displaced persons and refugees, 2 million euros will be given to the UNDP fund ‘Funding Facility for Immediate Stabilization’ (FFIS). Restoration works of basic infrastructure and support for local employment projects take priority. Belgium also supports demining projects to the amount of 500,000 euros.
Belgium is moreover active on various fronts to support the Iraqi and Syrian populations. Our country does not only provide humanitarian aid, but is also militarily active within the international coalition against the violent extremism of terror organisation Daesh. Finally, Belgium supports all political efforts working towards a solution to the conflicts in the region.