Billions still needed to rebuild Iraq, only ‘a drop in the ocean’ received

27 November 2019

The UN is working in Iraq on many fronts, including assisting the rebuilding of northern areas devastated during the war against ISIL terrorists, says the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator there.clennon

Marta Ruedas cites the World Bank and Iraq Government in estimating that reconstruction will cost $88 billion - but just over $1 billion has been received so far.

“It’s a drop in the ocean”, she said, while acknowledging that international funding has already helped “to improve the situation for millions of people”.

In a recent visit to UN Headquarters in New York, she spoke to Liz Scaffidi, and began by addressing the recent political upheaval across Iraq, which has seen thousands of protesters killed and wounded.

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