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Taiwan to donate temporary housing to refugees in Iraq

Staff Writer, with CNA

Taiwan plans to donate 350 temporary housing units for refugees in Iraq, displaced by conflict involving the Islamic State militant group, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said yesterday.

The temporary housing units are set to be sent to northern Iraq for refugees to take shelter during the winter, a ministry spokesperson said in an announcement of the donation worth US$1.15 million.

The project is being carried out in cooperation with the US, the ministry said.

Taiwan has signed a contract with a company in Jordan to prepare the materials and assemble the housing units, Department of West Asian and African Affairs Director-General David Wang (王建業) said.

“We also need assistance from the US to help the Jordanian workers obtain visas to enter Iraq and to ensure their safety while assembling the housing units there,” he said.

Wang did not give specifics about when the housing units would be set up for refugees.

“We hope it will be as soon as possible,” he said.

The temporary housing is part of the Taiwan’s efforts to provide assistance to those affected in war-torn regions.

Including the latest donation, the nation’s relief and donations to refugees in the Middle East in recent years have surpassed US$8.24 million, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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