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Iraq: humanitarian crisis deepens

Reporter: Jack Barton 丨 CCTV.com

07-20-2016 12:42 BJT

The situation in camps for displaced persons in Iraq has grown worse since the recapture of Fallujah, where many homes remain wired with improvised explosives or occupied by Islamic State militants. The humanitarian crisis is deepening as the Iraqi army continues to re-take more ground from ISIL in the run-up to major offensive aimed at recapturing the northern city of Mosul.

Dust, no electricity or running water and daytime temperatures of up to 50 degrees Celsius.This is where Iraqis from Fallujah who fled ISIL and then the fighting to recapture their city must wait.Their suffering is nothing new. Twenty six year old Zyad's lower body has been paralyzed for more than a decade since a US led coalition bomb struck his home. He tells me that under ISIL his entire family survived for six months eating only dates.

What are the biggest challenges for you living in this camp.

"It's hot and the life under the tent is impossible for us there's no toilet, no bathroom, no water there is nothing there is no cold water, our life is a tragedy, the weather is so hot and dusty," Zyad said.

Would you to see like the international community to do more.

"Of course, we want help, we hope to get more and more help here there's no market. We have no money to buy anything and no salary," Zyad said.

Aid organizations like the Norwegian Refugee Council do their best to help the 50,000 people in this area by providing basics such as drinkable water. But much more is needed.

The United Nations estimates it only has slightly more than a third of the money it needs to deal with this current humanitarian crisis and of course every day it continues to grow.

Not everyone is lucky enough to get a tent. Medical aid is also in short supply for those displaced like Jasmin, injured while swimming across a river to flee ISIL.

"When we passed from Fallujah ISIL tried to block us and shot at us. They shot my daughters leg," Jasmin's father Jamal Zaiden said.

Mustafa has also needed constant medial care since losing a leg as a baby to coalition bomb. But in this camp even washing is a rare luxury.

"It's hot dusty weather. I can't wash my body," Fallujah resident & displaced person Mustafa said.

Soon the Iraqi army will try to recapture the country's second largest city Mosul. Up to a million displaced people are expected when the fighting starts something Iraq is not even close to being prepared for.

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