The United Nations agencies are running out of funds to help the 1.8 million people displaced by violence in Iraq, U.N. humanitarian chief Valerie Amos said on Saturday.
“We need the resources (…) the money will run out very very soon. And with the numbers we are talking about, we urgently need more support,” she said.
The world body’s top humanitarian official was visiting the Khanke camp for displaced people in the Dohuk province of Iraq’s northern region of Kurdistan, AFP reported.
The region was overwhelmed successively by refugees fleeing the fighting in Syria, Iraqis forced from their homes in the western province of Anbar early this year and a latest wave who fled the broad jihadist-led onslaught launched on June 9.
On Saturday, Amos met the governor of Dohuk, who expressed his frustration at having to deal with one crisis after another.
The Kurdish authorities “are of course critical of the slow pace” of the response, Amos said.
“But we are also managing a lot of crises around the world, it’s really a difficult time globally for the humanitarian community.”