Airlift of winter supplies underway in Iraq

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Men carry insulating items from a UNHCR distribution in the Warga Dalal camp. Credit: OCHA/Iason Athanasiadis

An airlift of supplies to support displaced people through the winter has begun in Iraq.

Winter aid supplies, including thousands of tent insulations kits for displaced people, were delivered in northern Iraq's Kurdistan.

Six more flights are scheduled to arrive in the next three weeks.

Iraq has experienced increasing instability in 2014 as a result of an ongoing offensive by the group calling itself the Islamic State or ISIL.

The latest figures from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) , show that an estimated two million Iraqis have been displaced by conflict since January.

The UN Spokesperson is Stéphane Dujarric.

"More than 60,000 people are now living in eight tented camps. New camps are being constructed to house more than 300,000 others. And some 700,000 people are still living in unfinished or abandoned buildings, schools, religious centres, and even public parks."  (16″)

The Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI), Nickolay Mladenov, has said that it was becoming “close to impossible” to reach communities in areas of Iraq which are controlled by ISIL.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

Duration:   1’12″

 

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