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Hungary Helps: Ecumenical Charity To Launch Humanitarian Aid Programme In Iraq’s War-Torn Mosul Region

Tamás Székely 2017.10.19.

The Hungarian Ecumenical Charity will launch a two-year humanitarian and development programme in Iraq, the organisation announced at a press conference on Thursday.

The 500 million forint (EUR 1.6m) programme, financed by the Hungarian government as part of its Hungary Helps scheme, was designed to set up a centre near Mosul to provide support to people returning and help them prosper in their homeland, charity head László Lehel said.

The mission will provide construction and household materials to repatriated families, contribute to rebuilding local infrastructure, support education and provide welfare services, Lehel said. The Ecumenical Charity has been active in Iraq since 2014; it opened a permanent representation in Erbil in 2016, which has helped refugees that were forced to leave their homes but stayed within the country.

The Hungarian government decided in September to contribute 622 million forints to missions in Iraq, Jordan, Palestine and Syria.

via MTI; featured photo: Khalid Mohammed / AP