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. 

Erbil, Iraq, 3 July – The World Health Organization has provided medicines and medical supplies for more than 170,000 beneficiaries in areas affected by the recent crisis in Iraq. Many of these areas are experiencing ongoing clashes, creating challenges for affected populations requiring health services in the midst of insecurity.

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Iraq - With security in Iraq continuing to deteriorate,  IOM field teams have delivered emergency assistance and are gathering information on the needs and locations of large numbers of displaced people. Because of the ongoing fighting, the teams are unable to reach some areas of the governorates of Ninewa, Salah al-Din, Baghdad and Diyala, epicenters of the violence in the country.

UNITED NATIONS, New York – With nearly one million people currently displaced throughout North and Western Iraq, UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, warns that about 250,000 women and girls, including nearly 60,000 pregnant women, are in need of urgent care. While an estimated 225 women will give birth every day, approximately 1,000 pregnant women each month will encounter life-threatening complications.

Dohuk, 2 July 2014 – UNICEF said today it made its first delivery of essential humanitarian supplies to Sinjar, a town in the western Ninevah Governorate of Iraq, to assist some of the thousands of people who fled there over the past few days.

Geneva, 2 July 2014: I am deeply concerned by the humanitarian situation in Iraq where more than 1.2 million people have fled their homes, fearing for their lives. As the security situation continues to worsen, I am extremely worried about the families urgently in need of water, food, shelter, healthcare, sanitation and protection from violence. Children are especially vulnerable to outbreaks of disease and malnutrition, made worse by poor conditions and searing summer temperatures. The United Nations and partners are doing our best to support the humanitarian response despite the continued fighting in some areas and ongoing security constraints. Since January this year we have been helping the more than 560,000 people affected by fighting in Anbar Province. But we have struggled to raise the funds required.

Baghdad, 28 June 2014 - The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Iraq (SRSG), Mr. Nickolay Mladenov, expresses his grave concern at the increasingly sectarian dimension of the fighting in Iraq and continued reports that the Islamic State of Iraq (ISIL) and other armed opposition groups are persecuting members of Iraq’s religious and ethnic communities, including the Shia Muslims, Shabaks, Yezidis, Christians and Turkmen.

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