UNICEF just delivered 45 metric tons of life-saving aid to the Iraqi town of Amirli. A seven truck convoy of supplies arrived to the town following a two-month siege by the ISIS terrorist army. The mayor of Amirli returned to his town as a passenger on the convoy.
U.S. airstrikes had broken the siege of Amirli, allowing aid to be delivered. Around 3,000 children and their families were trapped in the town in need of aid. UNICEF, the children's agency of the United Nations, says it plans more convoys to aid the war victims.
So far UNICEF has delivered family food packs, oral rehydration kits, emergency food rations, family hygiene kits and bottled water. Also included is therapeutic food for malnourished children. This is especially important as small children will suffer lasting physical and mental damage from malnutrition.
Malnutrition will continue to be a threat as the conflict with ISIS escalates. UNICEF is working with the Iraqi government on a nutrition assessment.
Since January of 2014 there have been around 1.8 million Iraqis displaced by violence. Iraq is also hosting refugees from the civil war in Syria.
The month of August saw UNICEF airlift globally 1000 metric tons of life-saving supplies. UNICEF says it's the largest emergency supply operation in the organization's history for a single month.
Iraq received about half of these airlifted supplies. UNICEF USA has set up a donation page for Iraq.