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U.S. Continues To Support Displaced Persons In Iraq

National Security Staff Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights Stephen Pomper and Kelly Clements, deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration, write in the State Department’s “DipNote” blog about a recent trip to Iraq “to ensure that U.S. government humanitarian programs and policies are still responding to the needs of displaced people on the ground.” They continue, “Starting in 2003, the U.S. government has provided $2.6 billion in humanitarian assistance to displaced Iraqis, getting much-needed food, health care, education, and basic economic support to help rebuild their lives.” Pomper and Clements outline several U.S. initiatives and conclude, “Looking ahead, the U.S. government remains firmly committed to assisting Iraq as it takes on increasing responsibility for its displaced citizens. Our efforts and support remain vital to ensuring that Iraq shoulders this responsibility and that displaced people have a place in their nation’s future” (10/20).