UN declares humanitarian emergency for Iraq

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Displaced Iraqi children having a meal. (UNifeed video capture)

The United Nations has declared its highest level of emergency in Iraq as humanitarian needs for millions of displaced civilians continue to grow.

The head of the UN mission in Iraq (UNAMI) Nickolay Mladenov says Iraq faces a catastrophic humanitarian situation and declaring a 'Level 3 Emergency', will facilitate mobilization of additional resources to ensure a more effective response to the humanitarian needs of populations affected by forced displacements.

Three other crises in the world are currently sharing the same emergency status: Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic.

The UN estimates that over 1.2 million Iraqis have been internally displaced following increased violence by armed groups.

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) says the humanitarian situation is particularly dire for thousands of people displaced on Sinjar Mountains with health conditions quickly deteriorating.

Over 400,000 people mainly from Iraqi minority groups have sought refuge in Dohuk governorate of the Kurdistan region escaping violence unleashed by militant groups according to the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR.

The UN World Food Programme (WFP) has established 4 field kitchens in Dohuk Governorate providing meals to over 100,000 people per day.

Patrick Maigua, United Nations, Geneva.

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