Emergency Grant Aid in response to IDPs in Iraq and Syrian Refugees in Lebanon affected by the ISIL offensive

September 19, 2014

  1. 1. According to the announcement of the United Nations, the total number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq, affected by the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) offensive, is increased by approximately 1,800,000 people. Syrian refugees who have fled to Lebanon is also increased approximately 1,180,000 people (more than a quarter of all the population in Lebanon).

    2. In response to the international organizations’ call for support including the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the Government of Japan decided to extend Emergency Grant Aid of 22.70 million US dollars (approximately 2.2 billion Japanese yen) to Iraq and Lebanon, in order to provide emergency shelters and relief items etc. for these IDPs and refugees.

    3. The Government of Japan decided to extend this Emergency Grand Aid as a part of support for the initiatives by the international community to fight against ISIL. The total amount of additional contribution as countermeasures against ISIL reaches 25.50 million US dollars, including other assistance which has already set.

(* The foregoing is a provisional translation. The date indicated above denotes the date of issue of the original in Japanese.)