Violence displaces 521,000 families in Iraq

Published February 20th, 2015 - 12:00 GMT

The number of internally displaced families fleeing conflict in Iraq has reached 521,000 according to a government official on Friday.

“The last statistic shows 521,000 internally displaced families. More than 2.6 million internally displaced persons exist if the average family is five people,” Asghar al-Mosawi of the Iraqi Ministry of Migration and Displacement told The Anadolu Agency.

The new displaced families were recorded from Anbar in western Iraq, Diyala in the east as well as Saladin and Ninawa in northern Iraq.

Most of the displaced people are located in camps in the northern, central and western regions of Iraq.

Mosawi expected the number of displaced families to keep increasing.

Latest statistics from Jan. 2015 had recorded 507,000 internally displaced families.

The security situation quickly deteriorated since June 10, 2014 when the ISIL (Daesh) took over large swathes of Iraq.

International relief organizations, such as the Red Cross and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, along with local organizations, such as the Iraqi Red Crescent and Iraqi Ministry of Immigration and Migrants, provide help to fleeing citizens.

However, Iraqi officials have said that the volume of aid offered by UN organizations to the displaced persons does not match the severity of the situation.

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