BAGHDAD, 22 February 2017 – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has welcomed a contribution of US$7 million from the Government of Japan, which will be used to provide vital food assistance to thousands of Iraqi families affected by the ongoing crisis in Mosul as well as Syrian refugees living in camps in Iraq.
“Japan is keen on reaching out to people in need, especially for displaced Iraqis and Syrian refugees living under harsh conditions due to the conflict in Mosul through this project to meet emergency food needs,” said Mr. Fumio Iwai, Ambassador of Japan to Iraq.
WFP will use this contribution to support almost 400,000 displaced Iraqis – including thousands affected by the ongoing conflict in Mosul – with monthly family food rations that contain staple foods such as wheat flour, chick peas, salt, oil and sugar. The contribution will also be used to assist 65,000 Syrian refugees for over one month through WFP’s electronic voucher programme, which provides refugees with US$19 per person to buy foods of their choice from local shops.
“This generous contribution from Japan will help put food on the tables of thousands of Iraqi and Syrian families whose lives were thrown into flux due to violent conflict,” said WFP Representative and Country Director Sally Haydock. “It also underlines the Government of Japan’s continued commitment towards alleviating the suffering of families in Iraq and across the region.”
Japan’s contribution for Iraq is part of a US$85.2 million contribution that will enable WFP to provide vital food and nutrition assistance in 33 countries across Africa, Asia and the Middle East.
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For more information please contact (email address: firstname.lastname@example.org): Ingermarie Vennize, WFP/Iraq, Tel. +964 780 9150937 Abeer Etefa, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +2010 66634352 Dina El-Kassaby, WFP/Cairo, Tel. +2010 15218882