Iraq displaced “could reach 10 million by end 2015″

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The UN children’s agency says 3,000 people a week are fleeing western Anbar province. Photo: UNHCR

Overwhelming numbers of displaced families fleeing violence in Iraq and a lack of funding have left the UN potentially unable to bring in supplies for August, the UN  Children’s Fund, UNICEF warned Tuesday.

In the year since terrorist fighters swept through Iraq's central provinces, some eight million people have been affected.

UNICEF says that number could rise to 10 million by the end of the year.

Daniel Johnson has more.

According to UNICEF's country representative Colin McInness, many basic services have collapsed, a year since  extremists from the ISIL group launched their offensive in central Iraq.

And he said nearly 3,000 people a week are fleeing western Anbar province.

"These people require water, they require hygiene, they require basic shelter, they require basic food items. The funding situation is desperate; without adequate funding in the coming weeks we will not be able to provide water to people who are displacing."

Youngsters are particularly vulnerable, with a "400 per cent increase" in violence against them in the last 12 months, including maiming and abductions.

In an appeal for what he called "barebones funding", UNICEF said it needed US$48 million for the next six months.

At present, the appeal is only 20 per cent funded.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva.

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