Danish experts and equipment heading to Iraq

Beredskabsstyrelsen will help set up a camp able to house 15,000-20,000

August 26th, 2014 10:25 am| by admin

The emergency preparedness authorities, Beredskabsstyrelsen, is sending a team of experts and equipment to northern Iraq today to assist with the establishment of a refugee camp.

The aircraft carrying the gear and experts will fly to Iraq from Herning via Sweden. The trade and development minister, Mogens Jensen, has set aside two million kroner to assist Beredskabsstyrelsen in establishing a camp to house 15,000-20,000 internally displaced people in the region.

”The humanitarian needs in Iraq are immense and we must show our solidarity,” Jensen said in a press release.

“It’s positive that we can quickly and effectively accommodate UN’s requests to help the families who have been displaced by ISIL’s movements in northern Iraq.”

READ MORE: Government ready to help the US in Iraq

An international effort
The UN has established a close working relationship with the Kurdish authorities in the area, and the two parties have asked the Danish refugee organisation Dansk Flygtningehjælp to provide expert knowledge for the establishment of about 13 refugee camps.

The camps need drinking water supplies, sanitation, medicinal treatment and waste management facilities, as well as infrastructure to support the running of the camps.

Sweden, Norway, Germany and Britain are also involved in establishing the camps.

This year Denmark has given 32 million kroner to the humanitarian efforts in Iraq, and a further 15 million kroner will be given to Danish aid organisations working in the embattled nation.

(photo: Frank Fu)
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