UN seeks funds to aid 1.2m displaced Iraqis in winter

Iraqis fleeing attacks by ISIL militants are suffering amid heavy rains and low temperatures, says UN

UN seeks funds to aid 1.2m displaced Iraqis in winter

World Bulletin/News Desk

The United Nations is appealing for $173 million to help more than one million displaced Iraqis as they face the onset of winter.

Jens Laerke, a spokesman for the UN's Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), told a press conference in Geneva on Tuesday that people across Iraq were fleeing attacks by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL. 

Laerke said: "... displaced people are being hit by heavy rains, strong winds and storms and low temperatures especially in the mountainous areas of the Kurdistan region of Iraq." 

"To respond their needs, the UN in Iraq is today calling for $1.73 million to help more than 1.2 million people in desperate need of assistance over winter," he added.

Laerke said about 1.1 million children would require additional care during winter and shelter, food, heating and health services were needed immediately.

About 1.9 million Iraqis across the country have fled ISIL attacks since January.

 

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