Bishop of Southwark asks about humanitarian aid and displaced persons in Iraq

BishSouthwarktaxcreditsOn 1st April 2016 the Bishop of Southwark, Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, received three written answers on Iraq, aid and displaced persons:

The Lord Bishop Of Southwark: What percentage of the Department for International Development’s humanitarian effort in Iraq has been transferred to partners and agencies working in Iraq. [HL7308]

Baroness Verma: Since June 2014, the UK has committed £79.5 million in humanitarian assistance to the crisis in Iraq. With the exception of emergency humanitarian supplies delivered by the UK to Iraq in summer 2014, all of this funding is delivered through UN agencies and NGO partners working in Iraq – including through those who have access to some of the most challenging areas. The Department for International Development does not provide any direct financial support to the Government of Iraq or Kurdistan Regional Government.


 

The Lord Bishop Of Southwark: What assessment they have made of the number of internally displaced persons (1) in Iraq, (2) in Iraq who have returned to their homes, and (3) in Iraq who have left Iraq. [HL7310]

Baroness Verma: As of 28 March, the International Organisation for Migration estimates that there are just over 3.4 million Iraqis who have been displaced by fighting since January 2014. 547,600 individuals are reported to have returned to their homes. We do not hold information on the number of Internally Displaced Persons who have left Iraq because those people leaving Iraq include both IDPs and economic migrants.


 

The Lord Bishop Of Southwark: What assessment they have made of any shortfall in international humanitarian funding in Iraq; and what steps they are taking to address that. [HL7307]

Baroness Verma: The UN has launched an appeal for $861 million to meet urgent humanitarian needs in Iraq in 2016. According to the UN, as of 29 March 2016, the appeal is 15% funded. Since June 2014, the UK has committed £79.5 million in humanitarian assistance to the crisis in Iraq. The UK is the largest donor to the Iraq Humanitarian Pooled Fund, which allocates funding to the most urgent gaps in the humanitarian response in Iraq. DFID is assessing future support to Iraq through the Bilateral Aid Review process.


 

(via Parliament.uk)