25 July 2014
The British Red Cross has pledged more than £65,000 to help people affected by violence in Iraq.
The conflict has forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes. The money pledged could buy tarpaulins, blankets and kitchen sets for 1,000 families – as well as buckets, kettles, thermos flasks, towels, jerry cans and essential toiletries.
Last month the British Red Cross launched an Iraq Crisis Appeal, allowing the British public to make donations specifically for people affected by fighting in the country.
And now £65,538 will be passed to the International Committee of the Red Cross, which has already supplied more than 153,000 people across Iraq with food and other essential supplies.
It is also working to fix water systems and make sure essential medicines reach hospitals across the country.
Katy Attfield, British Red Cross head of disaster management, said: “we want to say a huge thank you to everyone who’s already donated to our appeal. Their money will make a big difference to the lives of people affected by this terrible crisis.
“Sadly, the fighting in Iraq continues to cause misery for hundreds of thousands of men, women and children. Please give what you can to fund vital humanitarian relief.”