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02/06/2017 - 16:37hs

UNHCR pleads for USD 126 million for Iraqi refugees

UN agency made the plea this Friday to aid refugees from the city of Mosul. The funds will be used to build shelters and acquire items such as mattresses, blankets and fuel.

São Paulo – The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) warned this Friday (2) that it needs USD 126 million in donations to meet the needs of refugees from Mosul, Iraq. According to the UN agency, the funds are urgently needed until the end of the year to aid thousands of displaced people from the Iraqi city.

Mosul is the Arab country’s second largest city and since October over 750,000 people were forced out of their homes. The conflicts in the city are ongoing and the UNHCR is expecting that more people will flee their homes. The Iraqi armed forces are fighting against the self-proclaimed Islamic State.

“A shortage of funds threatens to undermine our humanitarian response at this critical time,” said Andrej Mahecic, UNHCR’s spokesman in a statement.

According to the statement, USD 60 million will be used to aid over 100,000 families that fled their homes recently, to put them in emergency shelters, give legal assistance to replace lost documents and to protect children. The funds will also be used to buy blankets, mattresses and other core relief items.

Other USD 24 million will be used to aid Iraqi families to return to their own homes. UNHCR believes 125,000 people were able to return to their homes, especially in east Mosul and on the city’s outskirts.

The other USD 42 million will be destined to the urgent purchase of shelters and materials for the next winter. The UNHCR’s planning to help 135,000 people with many winter items, such as blankets, fuels, jerry cans and heating stoves.

Those interested in helping can donate, in dollars, at https://donate.unhcr.org/int-en/mosul?set_country=INT#tabs.

*Translated by Sérgio Kakitani

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