GENEVA, April 6 (KUNA) -- The International Organisation of Migration (IOM)
said on Friday it began a distribution of non-food aid to Syrian refugees in
both Lebanon and Iraq.
The supplies delivered in North Lebanon icluded rechargeable LED lamps and
personal hygiene kits in the Bekaa Valley, to refugees displaced by the
conflict in neighbouring Syria, said the IOM in a press release.
The 1,750 lamps, needed due to regular power outages, and the 100 hygiene
kits, will be handed over to beneficiaries identified by IOM and a local
partner - the Coalition of Charities for the Aid of Syrians Displaced in the
The distribution is expected to take place over the next two weeks.
The hygiene kits, which comprise bathing and laundry soap, sanitary pads,
toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, wash cloths, razors, shaving cream, combs,
plastic buckets and jerry cans, will be distributed to refugees in the Bekaa
town of Baalbeck.
Some 8,594 displaced Syrians are now registered with UNHCR in North
Lebanon, with an estimated 1,200 families or 6,254 people in the Bekaa.
IOM is expecting to launch a second distribution of non-food aid on April
23rd and is currently carrying out a needs assessment on the ground.
Both distributions will be funded through IOM's EPA Emergency Preparedness
Account, which allows it to carry emergency needs assessments and operations
prior to receiving donor funding.
At the same time, the IOM Iraq this week worked with UNHCR to distribute
non-food relief items from IOM's emergency warehouse in Erbil to 34 newly
arrived Syrian families at the newly established Domiz refugee camp in Iraq's
IOM distributed water filters, rechargeable lights, cooking stoves, gas
cylinders, blankets and pillows, while UNHCR provided mattresses, kerosene
heaters and jerry cans.
There are now some 75 registered refugee families in the camp and IOM plans
to distribute relief items to the remaining 41 families in the coming days.
At the official opening of the camp on April 4th, the mayor of Dahuk's
Sumel District, Mazin Mohammed, said that he expected the number of Syrians
coming into Iraq to double in the coming days.
"We are doing all that we can to prepare for this influx, but the ongoing
support of both IOM and UNHCR is crucial. We will rely on your capacities in
the future," he said.
IOM, UNHCR and local authorities estimate that as of April 3rd, at least 3,
000 Syrian refugees had been forced to abandon their homes in the face of
increasing violence and cross the border into Northern Iraq.
IOM is monitoring the situation closely to assess the needs of the
displaced families. It is also working with the Bureau of Migration and
Displacement of the Kurdish Regional Government to register all displaced
individuals who have entered Iraq.
In partnership with UNHCR, IOM is also helping to establish the basic
infrastructure at Domiz camp, including the construction of a 21,000 liter
IOM is urgently seeking additional funding from the international community
to help other Syrians expected to cross the border. (end)
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