“People coming off the mountain are every single day in much worse condition than the day before,” Mr. Dwyer said, underscoring to need for food, water and medical support.
UNAMI spokesperson, Eliana Nabaa, who is also in Erbil, told UN Radio that the situation is extremely fluid. She said the people lack everything, from food and water to shelter, mattresses and medicines. “There were some air drops operations but it is not enough because the situation is extremely difficult.”
The UN, with international and national partners, is studying the possibility of opening a humanitarian corridor to try to extract people from this area, the spokesperson said.
In addition to the humanitarian concerns, UN Women and local authorities are gravely concerned about the fate of hundreds of women and girls being held in the city of Mosul, Mr. Dwyer said.
More than 650,000 people have been displaced since 9 June when the local crisis broke out, with an additional 200,000 people fleeing in the past 10 days, half of them children under the age of 12, reported the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). According to the latest figures, there are now 1.2 million displaced people throughout Iraq.