Press release

Eid message from International Development Secretary Justine Greening

Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening wishes Eid Mubarak to Muslims in Britain and across the world.

International Development Secretary Justine Greening
International Development Secretary Justine Greening. Picture: DFID

Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening wishes Eid Mubarak to Muslims in Britain and across the world.

Justine Greening said:

I wish Eid Mubarak to Muslims in Britain and across the globe who are celebrating the end of Ramadan.

It is a special moment following an important period of reflection for Muslims everywhere and our thoughts at this time are with the many people suffering unimaginable hardship around the world. The number of Syrian refugees has passed four million, many Iraqis live in fear of ISIL brutality and millions face starvation in Yemen.

The UK will continue to stand by those whose lives have been shattered. Our recent pledges of more humanitarian aid in response to these crises – including food, medicine, and shelter – will give millions of people affected some of the essentials they so desperately need.

Notes to Editors

Further information on the UK’s response to the crises in Syria, Iraq and Yemen:

Syria

  • On 2 July the UK announced an additional £100 million in aid to help those who have been displaced as a result of the Syria crisis.
  • This includes an increase in funding to up to £20 million for education in Lebanon this year in preparation for school enrolment in September and is part of a range of new support to help address the root causes of the migrant crisis
  • As the second biggest bilateral donor in response to the Syria crisis, this new funding will bring the UK’s total support to £900 million.
  • More information here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-programmes-to-strengthen-vulnerable-states-in-africa-and-more-support-for-syria-crisis

Iraq

  • On 4 June the UK announced £20 million in new funding to help tens of thousands of the most vulnerable Iraqis, including women and girls, who have been forced to flee their homes by ISIL fighting.
  • The £20 million in new funding will provide tens of thousands of the most vulnerable Iraqis, including women and girls, with access to water, medicine, and food as well as cash assistance to buy essential supplies.
  • This new support comes as the UN launches a revised humanitarian appeal for Iraq and brings the UK’s humanitarian response to the Iraq crisis to £59.5 million.
  • More information here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-uk-support-as-un-launches-iraq-appeal

Yemen

  • On 19 June the UK announced £40 million in UK humanitarian support for people affected by the ongoing conflict in Yemen
  • International Development Secretary Justine Greening warned that millions of people are at risk of starving to death by the end of the year if ongoing conflict creates a food crisis in the country.
  • The UK’s new £40 million support will provide Yemenis affected by the crisis, including those forced to flee their homes, with emergency shelter, healthcare, water and food assistance, as well as supporting UN work to co-ordinate the humanitarian response.
  • More information here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/justine-greening-food-crisis-in-yemen-could-kill-millions

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Published 17 July 2015