Food crisis in southern Iraq worsening, U.N. agency says

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Special Envoy Angelina Jolie (2nd L) meets displaced Iraqis who are members of the minority Christian community, living in an abandoned school in Al Qosh, northern Iraq January 26, 2015. REUTERS/UNHCR/Andrew McConnell/Handout via Reuters

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – A food crisis is unfolding in southern Iraq, where thousands of internally displaced refugees who have moved there from other parts of the country do not have enough to eat, a United Nations agency said on Tuesday.

“Violence continues to cause ongoing displacement in central, western and northern areas of Iraq,” WFP spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Kurdish forces are battling the Sunni Islamist group ISIS in part of northern Iraq.

“We are gravely concerned about food security and the humanitarian situation.”

Internally displaced people who cannot reach the Kurdish controlled north, or who cannot afford to stay there because of rising prices and overcrowding, are fleeing to the south, Byrs said.

Many are living in unoccupied public buildings or mosques that local authorities have provided as shelter, or with host communities.

Most of the families who moved to the south said they spent their meager savings on transport to get there, the WFP said…

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  • Linda1000

    Do you know how much food goes to waste in all the luxury hotels and palaces in the Gulf states. Load up some barges and deliver food to the starving Iraqi people.

  • winniec

    Good for Angela Jolie. Hopefully, she will speak out against the barbarians who are causing this hardship and ask the world powers to do more to eradicate them so things can go back to stability. The Iraqi Shi’ite militias also caused this shameful suffering. They should be tried and sentenced.

  • Maggat

    Just what, pray tell, is the revered UN proposing to do about this crisis? Absolutely nothing, gauranteed.

    • tom_billesley

      They’ll pass a resolution against Israel. It’s their everyday fall-back position.

  • simus1

    Why not have the UN hire Mo Strong to run an updated version of “Saddam’s Oil For Food” sanctions busting scam?

    • tom_billesley

      George Galloway is willing to act as a go-between.

  • bob e

    talk about bringing islam to it’s knees .. how about we don’t sell, trade or give them any food .. they would all be like these poor starving people ..

  • tom_billesley

    Angelina Jolie (2nd L)
    Thanks, Reuters, I’d never have guessed which one she was.

    • ntt1

      yeah i though she might have been the old dear in the pali dish rag.

  • tom_billesley

    “Violence continues to cause ongoing displacement …”
    “Internally displaced people … ”
    The UN doesn’t find it relevant to mention the burning churches, corpses and captives. Explaining why the Christians fled in terror would be judgemental, and the UN cannot be judgemental about islamic savagery,

  • Hard Little Machine

    Eat each other, in’shallah.

  • Raymond Hietapakka

    …only a matter of of time. …one of cRaZy m0E’s pious disciples will try to put a bullet thru her…

  • Dana Garcia

    Most refugees are caused by jihad, at least recently:

    http://www.limitstogrowth.org/articles/2014/06/20/world-refugee-day-jihad-on-the-march/

    Has anyone ever done any analysis on this subject long term?