America announces increased support for religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq


Wednesday, 17 October 2018

US announces increased support for religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq

USAID
Baghdad Nahal Kabbani

The United States has announced its support for religious minorities in Iraq for $ 178 million as part of its foreign assistance programs, raising the total US aid to vulnerable communities in Iraq, as it called it to $ 300 million since fiscal year 2017, American Development Agency.

In a press release from the State Department yesterday, the ministry said preserving Iraq’s rich historical pluralism was crucial to the reintegration of Iraq’s ethnic and religious minorities into a peaceful society: “So the US efforts come to meet this goal and extend across government agencies. And in close partnership with community leaders. “

In response to immediate needs, more than $ 51 million has been disbursed in humanitarian aid to the lives of residents in Nineveh Plain and western Nineveh areas, including safe drinking water, food, shelter materials, household items, medical care and psychosocial support. Assistance in community recovery, such as funding of $ 9 million to support early recovery needs, and to restore access to services such as health and education.

It has also contributed to the economic recovery by funding $ 68 million to improve access to jobs and markets, support local businesses and revitalize the local economy, as well as $ 5 million to address methodological issues affecting minorities and prevent future rivalries.

In terms of clearance of ERW, total support amounted to approximately $ 37 million in support of the ERW survey, mine clearance and risk education in and around minority communities.This support has enabled the Department to increase the number of ERW ERs and US-funded risk awareness.

In the area of ​​social, economic and political empowerment, the United States provided $ 8.5 million in additional assistance to projects providing psychosocial services, legal support and initiatives to help collect evidence of human rights violations, increase minority representation in local and regional government, increase access to justice for children, The rule of law, and support for livelihoods and access to economic opportunities for vulnerable groups, totaling $ 18.5 million in 2017.It also contributed to the preservation of historic and cultural heritage sites by supporting $ 2 million in ongoing programs to support the preservation of cultural heritage sites in northern Iraq, targeted at their destruction by the Da’ash organization and other terrorist groups, and restoring access to important cultural heritage sites from communities Minorities.

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