Over 500,000 Iraqi refugees in need of emergency aid, officials say
The refugees living in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region are still in dire need of emergency help despite humanitarian aid efforts by the UN.
International Organizations in Kurdistan Region’s Dindar Zebari said that the UN aid for Iraqi refugees was far from enough.
“There is still a serious shortage of necessities including food and water and other supplies, such as clothes and food for children. And even if this problem is solved, they still need shelter, such as tents, or some other public accommodation,” Zebari said.
“We need more help than the United Nations can offer since, in fact, only a few nations have provided humanitarian aid and that is far from enough. We are in desperate need of more help,” he said.
There are currently about 500,000 displaced people in Iraq’s northern Kurdish region.
On August 19, the UN refugee agency announced its plans to start a large humanitarian aid operation in a move aimed at helping the displaced Iraqi people.
Iraq has faced brutal violence by the ISIS group across the country’s north and west since early June. The crisis has deteriorated in recent weeks, as the militants swept over new towns in the north, forcing members of the minorities out of their homes.
The ISIL terrorists have been committing heinous crimes in the areas they took, including the mass execution of civilians as well as Iraqi army troops and officers.
The Iraqi army is engaged in fierce fighting with the ISIL militants to push them out of the captured areas.