UNICEF to launch $500 million appeal for Iraq

Humanitarian organisations plan fundraising appeal seeking $500 million for Iraq

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

The United Nations’ Children's Fund, UNICEF, said on Monday humanitarian aid organisations are readying themselves to begin an aid drive seeking $500 million for Iraq.

Just years after the end of foreign involvement in Iraq, the country finds itself struggling in yet another devastating war, leaving 8 million Iraqis in desperate need of humanitarian assistance as 3 million were forced out of their homes due to ongoing clashes between Iraqi fractions and ISIS.

The declining humanitarian condition in Iraq has led the UN affiliated aid agencies to make a push for an aid drive just a day before members of the US-led anti-ISIS coalition are set to gather in Paris.

"The humanitarian situation in Iraq is close to disaster! We urgently need extra resources in order to continue assistance," UNICEF's representative in Iraq Philippe Heffinck said.

The drive comes at a critical time as the ongoing aid efforts in Iraq either lack funding or fail to make resources reach areas of the country ravaged by the ongoing conflict.

Due to the insufficiency in the ongoing efforts, UNICEF and other agencies in Iraq decided on Thursday to launch "a fundraising appeal for nearly $500 million to cover relief operations over the next six months.”

The US-led coalition comprised of 60 countries was formed last September in an attempt to prevent ISIS’ growth in Syria and Iraq and to address humanitarian issues resulting from the nationwide clashes.

Ministers from Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates will be among the 24 participants in attendance at the Paris talks.

TRTWorld and agencies