UNICEF Plane Delivers First Ever Humanitarian Supplies from Europe to Sulimaniyeh

from UN Children's Fund
Published on 25 Jul 2014

Erbil, 24 July 2014 – UNICEF, in coordination with federal and regional authorities, today operated the first ever airlift of humanitarian aid from Europe to Sulimaniyeh, Iraq.

“The arrival of these life-saving supplies will support the continued rapid response by UNICEF and partners to the urgent needs of displaced children, women and their families in south-eastern Kurdistan and northern Diyala,” said Dr. Marzio Babille, UNICEF’s Representative to Iraq. “Critically, this cargo will increase the access of displaced communities to life-saving interventions, while also easing the stress on the host community services.”

The airlift includes nearly 35 metric tons of emergency water, sanitation equipment, and hygiene items such as water purification tablets, jerry cans, tap stands, micronutrients, and oral rehydration solution.

The cargo will be safeguarded at the warehouses made available by the KRG for this purpose. These items will be urgently distributed via humanitarian corridors opened and maintained by UNICEF in June to Khanaqin and other hard to reach areas where populations have fled from conflict and brutal violence.

For more information please contact:
Jeffrey Bates, Chief of Communications UNICEF Iraq, jbates@unicef.org, Tel: +964 780 196 4524 Karim Elkorany, External Relations Officer, UNICEF Iraq, kelkorany@unicef.org, +964 780 925 8542


About UNICEF Iraq UNICEF has been in Iraq since 1983 working and supporting the Government of Iraq to ensure Iraqi children survive and realize their full potential. Maintaining its comparative advantage in health, nutrition, education, water and sanitation, child protection and social policy, UNICEF supports the development of child friendly policies, building the capacity of institutions that deliver essential services to children and convening all duty bearers to realize the full rights of Iraqi children. Via a network of staff and partners, UNICEF’s programmes improve basic health services, safeguard quality education, develop water and sanitation systems, protect children from abuse, violence, and exploitation, and meet the needs of the most deprived and vulnerable. For more information about UNICEF and its work for the children of Iraq, please visit: http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/iraq.html or www.unicef.org/mena.

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