UK Aid on the RAF Hercules aircraft being air dropped over northern Iraq
The UK has put together a package of Emergency Humanitarian Assistance to get lifesaving aid to tens of thousands of people across northern and cental Iraq who have fled ISIL terrorists.
The Royal Air Force Hercules C-130J aircraft from RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire England will carry out aid air drops which will include jerry cans filled with clean water, tents and tarpaulins to provide basic shelter and solar lights that can also recharge mobile phones and enable communication.
(Photos by Cpl Neil Bryden RAF)
Emergency UK aid for displaced people in Iraq
The UK is releasing an £8 million package of emergency humanitarian assistance to get lifesaving aid to tens of thousands of people across northern and central Iraq who have fled ISIL terrorists.
This aid includes £2 million of emergency humanitarian supplies for 75,000 people, , including aid that can be air dropped to help those trapped in the Sinjar Mountains as quickly as possible. Supplies include reusable filtration containers filled with clean water, tarpaulins and basic shelter equipment, and solar lights that can also recharge mobile phones to enable communication.
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Soldiers from 1st Battalion The Rifles have been honing their skills alongside Bravo Company of the US Army’s 10th Mountain Division on a training exercise at Sennybridge. The package was part of a reciprocal training mission which saw the riflemen spend time at Fort Drum in New York State earlier this year. Read more here.
[Photos via British Army, Crown copyright]
7 Reasons We’re Excited About Africa’s Future
By Andrew Overton, Communications Officer at the British Embassy in Washington
This week brought over 40 African heads of state to Washington DC for and unprecedented US-Africa Leaders Summit. Similar to the EU-Africa Summit, the aim of the US-Africa Leaders Summit was to strengthen the existing ties between the United States and one of the world’s most dynamic and fastest growing regions in the world.
“We all know what makes Africa such an extraordinary opportunity,” President Barack Obama said Tuesday. “Some of the fastest growing economies in the world, a growing middle class, expanding sectors like manufacturing and retail, one of the fastest growing telecommunications markets in the world.”
President Obama is not the only one with such a positive outlook on the region. The incredible growth and innovation on the African continent has been recognised by the UK government and UK businesses. We have strengthened our diplomatic and economic relationship with African countries.
Like the US, the UK is very optimistic about Africa’s future. Here are just 7 of the many reasons why…
Entitled ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’, this huge and evolving art installation has seen the dry moat of the Tower of London filled with ceramic poppies to remember those who fought in the First World War 100 years ago. At the launch event, the Band of the Welsh Guards (pictured) played ‘Hymn to the Fallen’ and songs from the First World War. Click here to read more.
[Photo by Sergeant Steve Blake RLC, Crown copyright]