On October 8, Consul General Steve Walker visited the United Nations Collective Center for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Basrah and met many of the families living there. The UN Collective Center, supported in large part by U.S. funds provided to the UN, opened in Basrah in August 2014, in response to the needs of millions of Iraqis affected by the fight against Daesh and ongoing instability throughout the country. The center is working hard to provide much-needed food, shelter, education, and critical support to IDPs in Basrah.
The United States is the biggest provider of humanitarian assistance to Iraq. Just last week, the United States announced it is providing more than $56 million in additional humanitarian assistance to Iraqis who have been affected by violence created by Da’esh inside Iraq. This new funding brings total U.S. humanitarian assistance for the Iraq humanitarian response to nearly $534 million since 2014.