Huge new Iraq displacements put pressure on aid

Aid agencies are working around the clock to cope with the rapid displacement in northern Iraq as hundreds of thousands of people flee renewed violence in Mosul, Sinjar, Qaraqosh and elsewhere.
 
In the last 48 hours, thousands of families have entered the Kurdistan Region of Iraq from Qaraqosh, Iraq’s unofficial Christian capital.
 
This comes after almost 200,000 people fled Sinjar on Sunday following a massacre that killed at least 500 people including dozens of children.
 
More than 1.2 million Iraqis have already been displaced in the past two months since the fighting began, at an average rate of more than 20,000 per day.
 
Save the Children’s Iraq Country Director Tina Yu says: “I have never known such a rapid moment of displacement, and it’s putting aid agencies like Save the Children under an enormous amount of pressure to meet the needs of incredibly vulnerable people.”

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