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Statement by UNICEF Iraq Representative Marzio Babille on the Latest Displacement of Civilians including Children in Northern Iraq

ERBIL, Iraq, 26 June 2014 – “UNICEF is alarmed by the latest mass displacement of civilians in northern Iraq. Approximately 1,500 people, including large numbers of children and elderly, arrived in Erbil yesterday from Hamdaniya, Ninevah Governorate, and reports indicate a significantly larger group of displaced is on the move. Many of these displaced people have travelled long distances on foot and some bear injuries sustained in the recent violence.

“UNICEF assessment teams were at the various locations where families were sheltering Wednesday evening and have today begun providing immediate life-saving aid – including water and sanitation kits - to the children, women and their families.

“With violence ongoing in different parts of Iraq, UNICEF reiterates its call on all parties to the conflict to ensure the protection of children and all civilians.”



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For further information, please contact:

Jeffrey Bates, Chief of Communications, UNICEF Iraq, Tel: +964 780 196 4524, jbates@unicef.org
Karim Elkorany, External Relations Officer, UNICEF Iraq, Tel: +964 780 925 8542, kelkorany@unicef.org
Juliette Touma, UNICEF Regional Office, Tel: +964 750 859 7364, Mobile: +96279 867 4628, jtouma@unicef.org
Najwa Mekki, UNICEF New York, Tel: +1 212 326 7448, Mobile: +1 917 209 1804, nmekki@unicef.org




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