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UK delivers tents for displaced families in northern Iraq

Britain has delivered hundreds of tents and supplies of high nutrition emergency food for displaced families in northern Iraq, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

Two Department for International Development-chartered Airbus cargo flights landed in Erbil today carrying 45 tonnes of “Plumpy’Doz” food from the World Food Programme (WFP) and 515 family-sized tents from DFID’s warehouse in Dubai.

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Funding boost for humanitarian workers on World Humanitarian Day

The UK is providing more than £1 million to improve the personal safety of humanitarian workers who put themselves at risk to help others, International Development Minister Desmond Swayne announced today.

The package of support includes funding for humanitarian worker safety in Iraq, extra training for staff operating in dangerous environments around the world and funding to help establish 3 new NGO staff safety hubs in Iraq, Libya and the Central African Republic (CAR).

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University of Edinburgh to help spread technology across Africa

UK Government funding helps to make latest agricultural technology available in Africa.

A University of Edinburgh research group will receive £10.8 million from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) to help make the latest agricultural technology available across 10 African countries, Scottish Secretary Alistair Carmichael announced today.

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UK aid arrives for displaced Iraqis across northern Iraq

Britain has delivered thousands of kitchen sets to go to Iraqis in refugee camps in northern Iraq, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

Two Airbus flights landed in Erbil this morning carrying UK aid supplies that will now be distributed by UN agencies to people cut off from their homes in camps across the Dahuk region of northern Iraq.

There are approximately half a million displaced people in Dahuk - 200,000 since the beginning of August. Those arriving at camps have travelled for days without food and water in 50 degree temperatures.

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British aid for Yazidi refugees fleeing Mount Sinjar

Britain will boost its support for 12,000 Yazidi refugees who have escaped from Mount Sinjar and made it to a refugee camp across the Syrian border, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced.

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Iraq + 1 other
New UK aid supplies delivered to Iraq

The UK has delivered a fourth round of emergency assistance to northern Iraq following two further successful deliveries of UK aid overnight, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

Over four nights, the UK has successfully delivered a total of seven air drops of clean water, shelter and solar lamps with mobile phone chargers to help thousands of displaced Iraqi people.

Justine Greening said:

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Australia to join humanitarian airdrops in Iraq

08/13/2014 01:31 GMT

SYDNEY, August 13, 2014 (AFP) - Prime Minister Tony Abbott has confirmed Australian planes will join humanitarian airdrops in Iraq and did not rule out the possibility of greater military involvement.

Abbott, speaking in London after security talks, said Canberra was in discussions with international partners on how to protect displaced Iraqi civilians trapped on Mount Sinjar by jihadist Islamic State militants.

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Iraq + 1 other
International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced British support for charities operating in Iraq.

Britain will give £3 million to help Mercy Corps, Save the Children, the International Rescue Committee and Action Against Hunger provide food, medical supplies, water and sanitation to over 100,000 people across northern Iraq. The funding will be fast-tracked so the 4 charities can start using it immediately.

Justine Greening said:

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UK to send NHS medics to help those injured by Gaza crisis

UK to send NHS medics to provide urgent expert health care to children and other vulnerable people injured by the crisis in Gaza.

The UK, which has already contributed over £17 million to help those affected by the conflict in Gaza, has activated its International Emergency Trauma Register to deploy a world class team of NHS staff directly to the region within the next 48 hours to help treat hundreds of those affected by the crisis.

Announcing the package, Prime Minister David Cameron said:

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Emergency UK aid for displaced people in Iraq

The UK is releasing an £8 million package of emergency humanitarian assistance for Iraq.

The UK is releasing an £8 million package of emergency humanitarian assistance to get lifesaving aid to tens of thousands of people across northern and central Iraq who have fled ISIL terrorists, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

This emergency help, which brings total UK support for those displaced in Iraq to £13 million, will include:

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UK government to double public donations for Gaza

The UK will match pound for pound the first £2 million donations to the DEC Gaza appeal

The British government will activate UK Aid Match for the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) appeal, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

The DEC will see the first £2 million of donations from members of the public aid matched, meaning that every £1 donated is matched by UK aid.

Justine Greening said:

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Britain to extend assistance to combat Ebola in West Africa

The UK will provide additional funding to strengthen health systems in Sierra Leone and Liberia and contain the spread of Ebola in West Africa, Justine Greening announced today.

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DFID steps up support for emergency health and sanitation in Gaza

£3 million in funding has been awarded to 10 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to help more than half a million people in Gaza.

Ten charities are to work with the UK Department for International Development to provide emergency medical supplies, clean water and sanitation for more than half a million people in Gaza, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today.

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Extra £2 million in UK aid for the displaced of Gaza

New support to UN Relief and Works Agency will help nearly 8,000 families.

With more than a quarter of the entire population of Gaza now displaced, International Development Secretary Justine Greening has announced fresh support for those forced to flee their homes by the conflict.

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Ebola: government response

The UK government is closely monitoring the spread of the Ebola virus in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea. This page will be updated.

Ebola virus

An Ebola outbreak was confirmed in Guinea in March 2014 and quickly spread to Liberia.

Ebola haemorrhagic fever is a rare but severe disease caused by the Ebola virus. Ebola is highly transmissible by direct contact with organs or bodily fluids of living or dead infected persons and animals.

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Extra UK aid to get food into Gaza

The UK has announced £3 million in new funding so the World Food Programme can get emergency food to more than 300,000 people in Gaza.

The UK is stepping up its humanitarian response to the Gaza crisis with an additional £3 million for the World Food Programme’s emergency appeal to help deal with food shortages, Prime Minister David Cameron announced today.

This £3 million boost will provide emergency food for more than 300,000 people for one month.

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Britain to provide new assistance to combat Ebola in West Africa

The UK will provide medical support and supplies to contain the spread of Ebola in West Africa, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced on Friday 25 July.

A new £2 million package of assistance will be made available immediately to partners including the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC) and Médecins Sans Frontières that are operating in Sierra Leone and Liberia to tackle the outbreak.

This funding will:

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UK assistance to Gaza this week reaches £7 million

Britain to provide extra £2 million for the Gaza Flash Appeal

The UK will provide an additional £2 million in emergency assistance for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency’s (UNRWA) Gaza Flash Appeal, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today, bringing to £7 million the amount released this week to help Gaza.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening said:

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New funding to protect millions of girls from child marriage

The UK is driving a major new global push to end child and forced marriage across the world, International Development Secretary Justine Greening announced today at the UK’s first Girl Summit. placeholder With the goal of ending child marriage in 12 of the most highly affected countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Britain is working with the UN to deliver a scheme to help 6 million girls worldwide escape child marriage.