“Our priority is to respond as quickly as possible to the Iraqi children’s needs and provide lifesaving humanitarian supplies, especially clean water and sanitation services, vaccinations against diseases like polio and measles, as well as education and child friendly spaces,” said Marzio Babille, UNICEF Iraq Representative.
UNICEF estimates that at least 450,000 children have become displaced as a result of the recent crisis in Mosul and months of clashes in neighboring Anbar province.
UNICEF Iraq, together with partners, will be targeting more than 35,000 children and their families to benefit from the supplies received on the plane.
“Besides attending to the basic needs of the Iraqi children impacted by this crisis, we should not forget the Syrian children who took refuge in Iraq. Our resources are stretched but we are doing all we can to respond to this double crisis,” continued Babille.
The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when zero children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood.
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