Winter could be "life threatening" for internally displaced people in Iraq

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Displaced Iraqi family. (UNHCR video capture)

The onset of winter will be deadly for hundreds of thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Iraq if they do not have shelter.

That's according to the UN's humanitarian office, OCHA, which has been assisting large populations in Iraq that remain trapped due to conflict.

Almost two million people are estimated to be displaced throughout the country.

Deputy Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, Kevin Kennedy, said although camps are currently being built, 166,000 people are at risk of having nowhere to go when winter hits.

And our fear is unless we can provide the shelter, and also the items to help people live through the winter, what is currently a very difficult and grave humanitarian challenge, will transform itself into a deadly, life threatening situation for many of the IDPs. (0'17")

A joint Iraqi-UN government plan, a collaboration which Mr Kennedy said is "pretty rare", lays out the most crucial priorities between now and 15 October.

He also said the situation has been greatly alleviated by the generosity and hospitality of Iraqi people who have opened their homes to tens of thousands of people in need.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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