Biggest challenge in Iraq will be shelter: UN Humanitarian Chief

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Shelter for the Iraqi refugees for the looming bitter winter is priority. UNHCR/S.Baldwin

As the winter approaches, finding a place for all Iraqis is the top priority according to the UN Humanitarian Chief.

Valerie Amos arrived in Iraq on Thursday as part of a four-day mission to the country.

She met the President of Iraq in Baghdad and discussed the constraints faced in delivering humanitarian assistance.

Later in Erbil, she met with the Kurdish Minister of the Interior.

Stephane Dujarric, Spokesperson of the Secretary-general, has more on their discussions.

“Ms. Amos assured the Minister that the UN will continue to support Iraq's efforts to help displaced people in the Governorate.  Ms. Amos said that the biggest challenge now is shelter, adding that finding a place for all Iraqis is a priority, as winter will arrive very soon.”  (15″)

Mr Dujarric said the World Food Programme, the UN Population Fund, and the World Health Organization have been actively assisting displaced persons and refugees in Iraq.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

Duration:  59″

 

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