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Volume 3, Issue 3 May — June 2016

“We came with nothing, we have nothing”: Thousands flee
Fallujah as fighting intensifies

heading a joint rapid response that
provides safe drinking water, food
rations, and hygiene and sanitation
assistance and access to health care
services to families and those af-
fected by the displacement. Safety
is also a major concern, given that
the front lines are just several kilo-
metres from the camps. The UN
expects the conflict to escalate and
with that more people to be dis-
placed.

Baghdad, 6 June 2016 – The UN sheltering in tents or huddled in The UN appeals to all parties to the
and partners are in a race against whatever shade they could find to conflict in Iraq to protect families
time to provide life-saving assis- escape the searing heat and blow- and provide those affected by the
tance to people fleeing escalating ing dust. Most people fled with just violence free and safe access away
violence in Anbar, particularly their clothes, and many families from the conflict.
around the battle for Fallujah. had been separated from male As a result of escalating violence in
On 5 June, UNICEF, the World members who were undergoing the past two years, more than 3.4
Food Programme (WFP), the Inter- screening. One woman approached million people are now displaced all
national Organization for Migra- the mission team members and over Iraq, more than half are chil-
tion (IOM) and the World Health asked for help, saying: “We came dren. Across the country, more than
Organization (WHO) travelled to a with nothing, we have nothing,” 10 million people need lifesaving
series of camps established to re- which characterizes the situation of humanitarian assistance. UNICEF,
ceive people escaping the violence. thousands of other people in the WFP, WHO and IOM, along with
In the past ten days, approximately camps. other partners in Iraq, reiterate the
10,000 people have come to these The UN and partners are spear- need for urgent additional funding
camps to seek safety and services. to provide uninterrupted life-saving
An estimated 50,000 people remain humanitarian operations.
trapped in the city as the military The Humanitarian Response Plan
offensive continues. The Govern- for Iraq has a funding gap of over
ment of Iraq had established a 550 million US.
number of camps for the 60,000
people already displaced in Anbar,
and in anticipation of movement
from the Fallujah area. These facil-
ities are overstretched, with little
capacity to absorb more people.
Residents in Fallujah have been
living with extreme levels of vio-
lence and humanitarian actors
have not been able to reach them
for nearly a year. In addition to
violence, residents have to cope
with acute shortages of food, medi-
cine and other basic services, such
as water supplies, with no way to
leave the city.
The joint UN mission found people
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