Iraq: "If funding is not urgently secured, more than half of all humanitarian programmes are likely to close"

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Lise Grande, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq. © OCHA

As conflict In Iraq has sharply escalated, the number of people needing life-saving assistance over the past year has increased by 400 per cent. More than 8 million people across the country are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance, including close to 3 million people who are internally displaced. With the conflict intensifying, 17 million more people may need life-saving assistance before the end of 2015.

As the Humanitarian Response Plan was launched on 4th June, OCHA spoke to Lise Grande, the Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq, to discuss how donors and aid groups can rise to the humanitarian challenge facing the country.

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