International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Fuel shortage hinders aid, could trap Iraqis fleeing violence

“For those still trapped in areas of fighting, the fuel crisis will make it far harder to escape. Even people who have already fled to Kurdistan need fuel for their cars to collect lifesaving food aid or to access hospitals. The shortage of fuel will exacerbate an already stretched humanitarian response in Iraq.” 

- Nora Love, International Rescue Committee country director in Iraq, in a statement released today by the IRC. 

An already serious humanitarian crisis is growing worse with as many as 500,000 men, women and children fleeing their homes during the past week in the wake of escalating violence in Iraq. The IRC is preparing to provide clean water, medicine and emergency financial assistance to thousands who have fled the fighting. In addition, the IRC provides emergency support to thousands of Syrian refugees in northern Iraq, and those who have fled previous waves of violence in central Iraq. 

Read the full statement: Extreme fuel shortage “will exacerbate an already stretched humanitarian response,” warns the IRC (June 19, 2014)

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