UNHCR and WFP to augment collaborative efforts in Iraq amidst COVID-19

In the wake of augmenting coronavirus crisis, that has affected the vulnerable the most, in order to help the displaced people in Iraq to cope with the COVID-19, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) on May 13 has decided to augment their collaborative efforts.

Both the organisation released a joint statement under Acting Representative of the UNHCR in Iraq Philippa Candler, and WFP Representative in Iraq Abdirahman Meygag, that stated, the UNHCR and WFP in Iraq along with other partners are working to “identify an additional 35,000 Syrian refugees and 10,000 people displaced by conflict who will be included in WFP food assistance programs to help them cope with the impact of COVID-19”.

The UNHCR and WFP have respectively appealed for 26 and 31.9 million U.S. dollars for their COVID-19 response programmes.

The statement added, “To help families purchase basic hygiene items to prevent the spread of COVID-19, UNHCR continues the second month of hygiene cash assistance, supporting 550,000 refugee, internally displaced, and returnee members of the community”.

“We call upon the donor community for additional support as we scale up our response because many people cannot work at this time and needs have increased”, added the joint statement.

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