Internal Displacement of Iraqis said to be 'Human Tragedy Unprecedented in Iraq's History'
By Lee Russ
Tuesday, August 07, 2007 at 08:09 PM
According to the blog Iraq Slogger, a recent report from the Iraqi Red Cresent calls the displacement of Iraqis within the country a "Human Tragedy Unprecedented in Iraq's History."According to the blog:
- the number of internally displaced people (IDP's) in Iraq has quadrupled since January and is up eight times from a year ago.
- many IDP's take refuge in the house of extended family or a friend, while others squat illegally in abandoned houses, live on the streets or in makeshift mud huts and tin shacks; tens of thousands of others live in tent cities.
- the province with the greatest number of IDP's is Ninevah (Mosul area), with 239,547, followed by Baghdad, with 196,227.
- 1 in 3 Iraqis are in a desperate humanitarian situation, having trouble meeting their basic humanitarian needs for water, food, sanitation, or shelter
- 4 million Iraqis (15% of the population) regularly can not buy enough to eat
- 70% of Iraqis do not have adequate water supplies
- more than 2 million people have been displaced inside Iraq
- an additional 2 million Iraqis have become refugees predominantly in Syria and Jordan