Half of 250,000 displaced people in Iraq are children: UNICEF

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Displaced Iraqi children. (UNifeed – video capture)

At least half of the 250,000 people displaced by fighting in Iraq are children, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

The country has been plunged into a crisis after armed militants took control of major towns and cities.

The UN Mission in Iraq says the deteriorating security situation in Mosul, the second largest city, and in surrounding areas continues to cause more displacements.

The Spokesperson for the Secretary-General, Stephane Dujarric, said new camps are being set up in Kurdistan to accommodate the growing influx of displaced families.

“UNICEF reports at least half of the people displaced, an estimated 250,000 of them, are children. Many need water and sanitation support, immunization against polio and measles, and protection services. The agency has also warned that increasing risks of ethnic violence and threat to Baghdad can make the situation worse as the scale of needs and complexity of the crisis grows." (24")

UN agencies have delivered emergency supplies to Erbil in Kurdistan to benefit more than 35,000 children.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations

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