Two million Iraqis flee homes

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An Iraqi girl washes her hands in a makeshift basin. OCHA: Iason Athanasiadis

Two million people in Iraq have been forced to flee their homes as a result of ongoing violence in the country.

In its latest situation report, the UN humanitarian office (OCHA), said the displaced people were sheltering in over 2000 separate locations.

Since early September over 200,000 individuals have been displaced by continued insecurity, mostly in the governorates of Kirkuk, Anbar, Salah al-Din, Diyala and Ninewa.

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

Fighting and terrorist atrocities including beheadings have unleashed wave after wave of internally displaced people and refugees.

According to OCHA, close to 50 per cent of the displaced have found refuge in the high altitude areas of Iraq's Kurdistan Region, where winter temperatures can plummet to well-below zero.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations

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