CERF provides US$2.6 million for Syrian refugees in Iraq
18 October 2012: Thousands of Syrians have fled their homes in search of safety and humanitarian assistance in neighbouring countries. An estimated 34,000 Syrian asylum seekers are currently hosted in Iraq. This number is expected to increase if the security situation in Syria continues to deteriorate. The UN and cooperating partners estimate that up to 60,000 Syrians may need protection and assistance in Iraq by the end of the year.
In response, the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$2.6 million to help five UN agencies assist Syrian refugees in Iraq.
The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has received approximately $750,000 to construct schools, train teachers, provide educational and safe spaces for women and children, and ensure health care and water and sanitation facilities for 4,000 refugees.