Iraq gives UN $8 mln for refugees in Jordan

The tiny desert kingdom estimates the costs to Jordan of sheltering between 500,000 and 750,000 Iraqi refugees over the past three years at more than two billion dollars.

Iraq gives UN $8 mln for refugees in Jordan

The UN refugee agency said Sunday that Iraq has handed over eight million dollars to help hundreds of thousands of displaced Iraqis in neighbouring Jordan get better educational and health services.

"This generous contribution to UNHCR Jordan is intended to benefit displaced Iraqis in Jordan in terms of their education and health needs," the UN High Commissioner for Refugees said in a statement.

"It will serve to increase capacity in both sectors to address the needs of Iraqis and to alleviate some of the burden on the kingdom."

The UNHCR said visiting Iraqi Finance Minister Bayan Jabr Solagh handed over a cheque for eight million dollars to its representative in Jordan Imran Riza at a ceremony at the Iraqi embassy in Amman.

The tiny desert kingdom estimates the costs to Jordan of sheltering between 500,000 and 750,000 Iraqi refugees over the past three years at more than two billion dollars.

Jordan, which has repeatedly appealed for international aid to cope with the refugee influx, has said up to 50,000 Iraqi pupils were expected to enrol in already overcrowded state schools for the 2007-2008 academic year.

The UNHCR has sought 261 million dollars this year to help more than four million people uprooted by the conflict in Iraq, including the internally displaced.

In November last year, Iraq pledged eight million dollars to Jordan to help its smaller neighbour meet the costs of sheltering its nationals.

Agencies

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