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Polish minister on humanitarian reconnaissance trip to Iraq

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Poland’s minister for humanitarian aid, Beata Kempa, will visit Iraq on Saturday to appraise the humanitarian situation in areas affected by the offensive of ISIS, she told Polish Radio.

The five-day visit is expected to help streamline the relief efforts of Polish NGOs operating in the country and developing international aid projects with organizations such as USAID, one of the largest official US aid organizations in the world.

Kempa said, “Over the past two years, the Polish government earmarked around PLN 5 million (USD 1.33m) for aid in Iraq, but we seek to increase funding for the cause, redirect and systemize it.”

Kempa is to visit Baghdad, where she will meet head of UNESCO in Iraq Louise Haxthausen and UN special envoy for Iraq Alice Walpole. On Sunday, Kempa will meet Iraqi foreign, environment and health ministers.

The agenda of Kempa’s trip also includes visits to Polish-funded aid projects across Iraqi Kurdistan.

These include the construction of enclosures and handing over livestock to widows with children and former sex slaves to Islamic terrorists. The Polish state has also funded 500 makeshift module houses and the reconstruction of workplaces such as doctor’s offices, workshops and grocery shops.

In Kurdistan’s capital Irbil, Kempa is expected to meet President of the Kurdistan Democratic Party Masoud Barzani and Prime Minister of the Kurdistan Region, Masrour Barzani.
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