Iraqi children will get safe places to learn and families fleeing violence will receive life-saving supplies thanks in large part to a $155 million package of U.S. aid announced this month.
This amount brings the total U.S. humanitarian contribution to help displaced Iraqis to nearly $780 million since the start of 2014.
Some 10 million people across Iraq are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, out of a total population of 33 million, according to the United Nations. More than 1 million school-aged Iraqi children, or 20 percent nationwide, are out of school.
U.S. funding helps the U.N. and other international partners to provide health and newborn care services and help for survivors of gender-based violence in Iraq.
A portion of the new funding will support UNICEF’s goal to provide 550,000 displaced children with learning materials.
The United States regularly works with the international community to provide humanitarian assistance to those affected by conflict around the world. One example: the U.S. recently announced $139 million in emergency humanitarian aid to the people of Yemen.
Want to help? Consider donating to the 2016 U.N. Humanitarian Response Plan for Iraq or other humanitarian organizations working in Iraq. A list of humanitarian organizations seeking support for humanitarian and disaster responses around the world can be found at the InterAction website.