Iraq: Aid groups set to massively scale-up assistance [VIDEO]

30 July, 2014
Iraq: Aid groups set to massively scale-up assistance [VIDEO]

An estimated 1.2 million people have fled their homes this year, as a result of violence that has gripped large swathes of northern Iraq.

Humanitarian aid groups have been responding since the outset. However,  a $500 million grant from Saudi Arabia will allow the UN and its humanitarian partners to save thousands of lives by quickly delivering what’s most needed – water, food, shelter, medical supplies.

"This means the difference between life and death for hundreds of thousands of people," said John Ging, OCHA's Director of Operations.

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