With the help of the United Nations World Food Programme, The Republic of Korea has recently provided a contribution of US$600,000 to help provide food assistance for three months for more than 350,000 people in camps in Iraq.
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Iraq Jang Kyung-Wook said, “I am very pleased that the Republic of Korea is able to continue its flexible contribution this year to support WFP’s work for crisis-affected people in Iraq, including internally displaced people and refugees. It is encouraging that WFP has been pioneering diverse innovative solutions to ensure people’s access to food amid the COVID-19 situation, and the Republic of Korea will continue its partnership with WFP to provide lifesaving assistance to those in most need in Iraq.”
WFP Representative in Iraq Abdirahman Meygag said, “We are grateful to the people and government of the Republic of Korea for their continued support to WFP’s work in Iraq, to help meet the food needs of conflict-affected women, men and children, whose situation has now worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The new contribution will allow WFP to support up to 280,000 displaced Iraqis who had to leave their homes due to conflict in addition to 76,000 Syrian refugees through monthly electronic vouchers, mobile money and direct cash transfers.