UN Humanitarian Chief concerned about displacement crisis in IraqListen /
An estimated half a million people have been displaced from their homes as a result of the escalation of violence in Iraq. Valerie Amos, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, says that, as the crisis continues, aid agencies will face more challenges on how to reach those who need emergency help:
"At the moment, we have a major concern about how we can deal with the huge amount of displacement that we've seen in the last few days just as a result of the fighting in Mosul. The estimates are that 500,000 people have been displaced. An estimated 300,000 of those have arrived to the Kurdistan region since the 6th of June."
220,000 Syrian refugees are also in Iraq, in need of desperate help. Ms. Amos says the needs of these refugees and the internally displaced in Iraq make the task for aid agencies a particularly difficult one.
Nicki Chadwick, United Nations, Geneva.