Iraq facing humanitarian "catastrophe"

Vital aid operations supporting millions of people affected by the conflict in Iraq risk closure unless funds are made available immediately. Photo: OCHA/file

Iraq is facing a humanitarian "catastrophe" with ten million people expected to need aid by the end of 2015, the UN has warned.

An estimated 5.6 million people have already been displaced or affected by the ongoing violence between Government forces and the terrorist group ISIL.

As the conflict escalates the UN has appealed for almost US$500 million to cover the cost of providing shelter, food, water and other life-saving services over the coming six months.

Basma Baghal asked Simon Ingram, who is based in Jordan with the UN Children's Fund, UNICEF, about the current situation in the war-torn Middle–Eastern country.

Duartion: 3'24"

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