Following the build-up of the military offensive on Mosul, the humanitarian community is witnessing continuous displacement of people. The MSB support will provide shelter for around 3500 people and the relief items will be deployed from Örebro aiport Tuesday evening and will arrive in Mosul within a few days.
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MSB have mobilized resources and the shipment consists of 571 family tents, some 5000 blankets, 181 family kits, 1 school kit, 1 hygiene kit. The support and transport is coordinated within the EU-Civil Protection Mechanism and equipment from the Danish Emergency Management will be brought with the aircraft. The transport is co-funded between MSB and EU
“The support aims to further strengthen the capacity of the organisations on the ground to deliver assistance to the affected population. The lack of resources and winter with night temperatures around zero degrees Celsius put people in a very dire situation. We are delivering some 570 tents, in collaboration with our partner, Lions Club International Sweden, who has kindly donated most of the equipment to us.” Says Per Velandia – Programme Manager MSB.
The humanitarian situation in Iraq is one of the largest and most complex in the world. More than 10 million Iraqis currently are in need of some humanitarian assistance. One month from the official launch of the Mosul operation, over 50,000 people have been forcefully displaced, with many more been currently trapped in areas affected or to be affected by the conflict. It is further expected in the coming months of an upcoming massive displacement in multiple directions within the Anbar and Mosul corridors.
The European Union has launched a request and has activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to channel relief assistance from member states to alleviate the situation in Iraq. The EU stresses that “The need to increasingly deliver assistance both in internally displaced camp settings and in areas newly re-taken by governmental forces – for displaced and host communities – have overstretched pre-positioned international humanitarian pipelines”.
The collaboration between MSB and Lions Club Sweden has been ongoing since 2004 and has proved to be valuable for both organisations. MSB and Lions Club Sweden have jointly been able to deploy to some of the largest emergencies the last decades.
The support is co-funded by Sida, Lions Club Sweden and EU.
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