"Immense" humanitarian emergency unfolding in Iraq

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Rashid Khalikov. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

A humanitarian emergency is unfolding in Iraq which has been described as "immense" by the UN's humanitarian agency, OCHA.

Rashid Khalikov, OCHA's director in Geneva, has just returned from a four day mission to Iraq.

With 1.8 million people displaced since January 2014 due to conflict, Mr Khalikov says it is imperative that support be increased.

” We visited Erbil, Baghdad and Dohuk Governorate where we were able to see for ourselves the magnitude of the crisis: an immense humanitarian emergency is unfolding in front of our eyes and we have 5.2 million Iraqis in need of assistance. “(0'16")

Mr Khalikov added that 800,000 people are in urgent need of shelter and many require what he called "winterisation" assistance.

Heavy rains and very cold temperatures are causing challenging conditions for the hundreds of thousands of refugees.

OCHA recently made an appeal for $2.2 billion to coordinate humanitarian assistance, of which $1.6 billion is still needed.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

Duration: 1'13"

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