UNHCR Launches Major Aid Push

An estimated 1.2 million Iraqis have been displaced so far in 2014, including some 600,000 people uprooted by the Anbar province crisis which began in January, and 600,000 displaced from conflicts in and around Mosul and more recently Sinjar, since August.

The UN humanitarian spokesperson in Iraq, Kieran Dwyer, said in an interview with UN Radio , that resources are a critical element to helping the hundreds of thousands affected by the ongoing crisis in the country.

“This $500 million from the Saudi Government is allowing the United Nations to scale up fast and get aid wherever we can get access to work with the local authorities,” Mr. Dwyer said.

He added that security is a major challenge in gaining access to many areas of Iraq and delivering vital assistance to those who need it.

“Humanitarian workers cannot get access to many areas of Iraq in order to deliver aid,” he said, noting the rapid unravelling of the humanitarian situation and well as the still unstable security situation. “We need to urgently make sure we have the conditions for them to survive and secondly, we need to stabilize the situation so that we can bring consistent services.”

(Source: United Nations News Centre)

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