The European Commission (EC) said on Wednesday it would increase humanitarian assistance for the Iraq crisis by an additional three million Euros as winter approaches and the number of refugees increases.
Kristalina Georgieva, the European Commissioner responsible for international cooperation, humanitarian aid and crisis response, made the disclosure at a news conference in Brussels.
The EC commissioner said “many families in Iraq had to flee their homes in search of safety and basic services because of the violence in their country.
“I am deeply concerned by the plight of these families, particularly with the onset of winter.
“We will not let them suffer in silence; we must and will do more to help.”
The humanitarian situation in Iraq had been deteriorating rapidly in the last months as armed conflict escalates.
EC’s total humanitarian support for Iraq since 2007, including support for Syrian refugees in the country, amounts to almost 150 million Euros.
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