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OIC Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian to visit Iraq

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(Jeddah-AlummahWorld, Dhul-AlHijjah 27, 1435, 21 Oct 2014) The Assistant Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), Ambassador Hesham Youssef, and the Director of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) Geneva, Rashid Khalikov, are scheduled to visit Iraq from 20 to 23 October to observe first-hand the magnitude of the crisis.

There are an estimated 5.2 million people in urgent need of humanitarian assistance in Iraq due to fighting by Government forces and the Islamic State of the Levant (ISIL), making it one of the most complex humanitarian crises in the world today.

An estimated 1.8 million people have been displaced across Iraq since January due to the violence. This is in addition to the more than 215,000 Syrian refugees hosted in the country, as well as an estimated 1 million Iraqis displaced over the past decade.

With harsh winter conditions fast approaching, people are facing heavy rains and sub-zero temperatures, often without adequate food, shelter, water or access to medical care.

According to statement released by OIC, the programme of the visit by OIC and OCHA will include scheduled field visits to crisis-affected areas to gain first-hand experience of the challenges and opportunities in the humanitarian response. Furthermore, participants in the mission will meet Government officials, UN representatives and civil society organisations.