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UN reports humanitarian funding shortages, suspension of aid to thousands of Iraqis

07-20-2010 11:18 BJT

UNITED NATIONS, July 19 (Xinhua) -- The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) on Monday announced that many of Iraq's humanitarian needs remain unaddressed due to lack of funding.

The announcement came six months after the launch of the 2010 Iraq Humanitarian Action Plan (IHAP), developed by UN agencies and the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to respond to the needs of Iraq's most vulnerable people.

"So far only 12 percent of new funding has been received from donors to Iraq," UN spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters here in a daily press briefing, citing information from OCHA. The amount represents only 22.3 million U.S. dollars received out of the 187.7 million U.S. dollars required.

The insufficient donor funding towards the IHAP has resulted in a deteriorating humanitarian situation that affects the lives of thousands of Iraqis.

The World Food Program reports that food distribution to 800, 000 pregnant and nursing women and malnourished children, and distributions to 960,000 school-going children have all been suspended, cited Nesirky.

Meanwhile, the funding shortages have also contributed to displacement, as drought continues to threaten the livelihoods of 500,000 people in Iraq's Suleymaniyah and Dahuk governorates.

According to OCHA, plans to provide emergency shelter to 22,500 Internally Displaced People (IDP) of the Iraqi families have also been suspended.

"Thousands of households will therefore be left to continue living in desperate shelter conditions, unable to be protected from severe climatic conditions and vulnerable to sickness through inadequate water and sanitation provision," stated a press release from OCHA.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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