UN: Northern Iraq a Major Emergency

By John Lee.

The United Nations have declared the highest level of emergency in northern Iraq, estimating that over a million people have been displaced in the aftermath of the June offensive by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

Nicolay Mladenov, head of UNAMI (United Nations Assistance Mission: Iraq) has said that in declaring the situation to be a "level three" emergency (the most severe kind) it couldĀ "facilitate mobilisation of additional resources in goods, funds and assets."

As Mladenov made his announcement, the governor of Dohuk province in the Kurdish region announced there were as many as 150,000 refugees in the province.

Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, the KRG High Representative to the UK, noted that not enough was being done to rescue the remaining Yazidis in Sinjar, noting that it did not matter "if there were 5000 or 50,000, they need to be rescued".

(Source: BBC)

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