World Vision International appointed for displaced people in Iraq

24 April 2003
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) announced on 23 April that it had appointed US-based charity World Vision International (WVI) to be the focal-point non-governmental organisation (NGO) for internally displaced people (IDP) in the Ninevah governorate in northern Iraq which includes the city of Mosul.

WVI, which describes itself as the largest Christian aid organisation in the world, will identify and register IDP in the governorate and oversee IDP camp management. WVI is working to serve people affected by the Iraq conflict in north-east Syria. It has been working with the Middle East Council of Churches, the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Children's Fund (Unicef) at refugee camps inside Syria. WVI's Iraq Program also focuses on refugees in Jordan. It had pre-positioned 20-tonnes of food in Syria and 60 tonnes in Jordan.

The IOM has launched the Iraq Transition Initiative (ITI), a programme to address the needs of post-conflict Iraq. The $8 million programme is funded by US Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of Transition Initiatives. Its first project involves rehabilitating a secondary school in Umm Qasr.

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