$2.2 billion needed to assist Iraqi people

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A mother and her child at a Maternity and Child Hospital in Halabja, in the northern Kurdistan Region of Iraq. (file photo) UN Photo/Bikem Ekberzade

An appeal for $2.2 billion has been made by the United Nations to assist the Iraqi people in conflict-affected areas.

Over five million people across the country are in urgent need of aid and shelter, according to OCHA, the UN's humanitarian agency.

The majority of people have been displaced since January this year and are living with host communities.

As winter approaches, the agency says, there is an urgent need for warm clothes, shoes, health services and food.

A Strategic Response Plan devised by the UN and its partners in the non-profit sector has so far obtained more than $600 million.

The remaining $1.6 billion needed is required for activities over the next 15 months.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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