Tuesday, 08 July 2014 09:20

UN Responds to Humanitarian Emergency in Sinjar, Prepares Extensive Emergency Response

Baghdad, 7 July 2014 – A United Nations team, composed of UNICEF specialists yesterday led its second humanitarian mission to Sinjar, in western Ninewa, where an estimated 8,000 families have fled from neighbouring Tal Afar.  The first mission was conducted on 28 June. 

 

“The most immediate humanitarian need is to prevent the spread of increased incidence of diarrheal diseases due to overcrowding, poor hygienic conditions and the usage of unsafe water, with limited availability of potable water”, said UNICEF Iraq Representative, Dr. Marzio Babille, who underlined that up 35,000 children are among the Internally Displaced People (IDPs).  “Children under the age of 5 are the most vulnerable to these diseases, he added, saying that UNICEF and WHO have already supplied emergency medical kits, but the area suffers from an acute shortage of medical personnel and capacity.

“The displaced families in Sinjar are surviving in extremely dire conditions and have immense and urgent humanitarian needs”, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Nickolay Mladenov said.  “In order to provide immediate life-saving protection and humanitarian assistance to the IDPs, the United Nations is preparing an extensive emergency response that will ensure that adequate services and support are provided, including the provision of drinking water and water trucking, distribution of goods, rehabilitation of wells and warehousing”, he also stated.

 

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