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$500 million appeal for Iraq to be launched: UNICEF

Latest Update: June 1, 2015 | 166 Views
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Paris: Humanitarian organisations are preparing to launch a fundraising appeal for $500 million (454 million euros) for the crisis created by the Islamic State group in Iraq, UNICEF said on Monday.

The announcement came a day ahead of a meeting in Paris of the US-led coalition of countries working to defeat the jihadist group in Iraq and Syria.

“The humanitarian situation in Iraq is close to disaster! We urgently need extra resources,” Philippe Heffinck, UNICEF’s representative in Iraq, said in a statement in French.

“500 million is really the bare minimum. We’re cutting it down to the bare bone,” he added in later comments to AFP.

According to the UN children’s agency, eight million Iraqis are in urgent need of humanitarian aid, in particular the roughly three million people who have been forced to flee their homes since the start of the IS offensive in June 2014.

“We expect that this will increase by one million more by the end of the year,” predicted Heffinck.

The announcement came a day ahead of a meeting in Paris of the US-led coalition of countries working to defeat the jihadist group in Iraq and Syria.

“The humanitarian situation in Iraq is close to disaster! We urgently need extra resources,” Philippe Heffinck, UNICEF’s representative in Iraq, said in a statement in French.

“500 million is really the bare minimum. We’re cutting it down to the bare bone,” he added in later comments to AFP.

According to the UN children’s agency, eight million Iraqis are in urgent need of humanitarian aid, in particular the roughly three million people who have been forced to flee their homes since the start of the IS offensive in June 2014.

“We expect that this will increase by one million more by the end of the year,” predicted Heffinck.

AFP