UK to provide new help to Iraqis persecuted by Daesh

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Tens of thousands of Iraqis suffering in the face of Daesh brutality are set to receive food, medicine and shelter, after a new package of UK aid was announced today by International Development Secretary Priti Patel.

Speaking ahead of an Iraq pledging conference in Washington, Ms Patel confirmed that £50 million will provide life-saving aid to the most vulnerable Iraqis including women, children, the elderly and sick.

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The assistance will allow people to buy basic essentials such as food and medicine, as well as providing clean water, vaccinations and shelter.

International Development Secretary Priti Patel said,”The UK is at the forefront of international efforts to tackle Daesh and its poisonous ideology.”

This new support will save lives and alleviate suffering while continuing to underline the UK’s commitment to taking its international obligations seriously and leading from the front when dealing with the big challenges of our time, including conflict and instability.

Some 3.3 million Iraqis have been forced to flee their homes as a result of conflict in the wider region, with a further 10 million people in need of humanitarian assistance.

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Mridha Shihab Mahmud

Mridha Shihab Mahmud is a writer, content editor and photojournalist. He works as a staff reporter at News Hour. He is also involved in humanitarian works through a trust called Safety Assistance For Emergencies (SAFE). Mridha also works as film director. His passion is photography. He is the chief respondent person in Mymensingh Film & Photography Society. Besides professional attachment, he loves graphics designing, painting, digital art and social networking.
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