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EU pledges €3 million 'for Iraq’s vulnerable children'

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Displaced Iraqi children, who fled from Mosul because of Islamic State violence, poses for a photograph at a refugee camp in the Makhmour area near Mosul, Iraq. (REUTERS/Azad Lashkari)

The European Union has pledged €3 million “for Iraq’s vulnerable children."

The EU aims at providing these children with lifesaving assistance, including safe drinking water and health services.

According to the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), the funds will be also channeled into improving the quality of education and providing psychosocial support to alleviate toxic stress from prolonged exposure to violence.

“The humanitarian crisis in Iraq presents a major challenge where children are among the most vulnerable,” said Christos Stylianides, the European Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Management.

“Providing access to life-saving emergency supplies for displaced people, and assisting Iraqi children with healthcare, safe access to quality education, psychosocial assistance and legal protection, remain top EU priorities in Iraq,” he added.

According to a report by the European Commission's Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations, an estimated four million children need urgent and sustained humanitarian assistance across Iraq.

In the first seven months of 2018, UNICEF delivered education supplies for nearly 200,000 children (including 80,000 girls) across Iraq and trained 256 teachers on education in emergencies and providing psychosocial support to students.

The EU contributions to UNICEF in Iraq totaled €10.7 million between 2017 and 2018. The funds have supported lifesaving activities such as nutrition, water and sanitation as well as improving access to education for children displaced by conflict.

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