U.N. Agencies Increase Humanitarian Efforts In Iraq As Crisis Escalates

News outlets report on the U.N.’s efforts to meet increasing needs in Iraq as the humanitarian crisis escalates.

Associated Press/Huffington Post: Iraq Refugee Population Increased By Nearly 800,000 This Year: U.N.
“The U.N. refugee agency says Iraq’s refugee population has increased by almost 800,000 this year as the government struggles against rebels and Islamic militants…” (6/13).

IRIN: Aid agencies scramble to support Iraq displaced
“Cash-strapped aid agencies are scrambling to respond to an escalating humanitarian crisis after Islamist militants seized control of Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, forcing an estimated half a million people to flee towards the semi-autonomous region of Kurdistan in the space of days…” (6/12).

U.N. News Centre: Iraq: as militants advance, U.N. swings into action on political, humanitarian fronts
“With Iraq facing ‘the most serious threats to its security in years,’ the top United Nations official in the country reiterated today the organization’s support for the Iraqi government’s efforts to combat terrorist groups in the wake of the crisis sparked by the militant takeover of key cities in the north…” (6/12).

Zee News: U.N. increasing efforts to aid displacements in Iraq
“U.N. agencies are increasing efforts in a bid to meet the increasing needs caused by the violence in Mosul, a northern Iraqi city seized by militants, media reported on Friday…” (6/13).

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