UN chief calls for more help for people fleeing Mosul

UN chief calls for more help for people fleeing Mosul
By Seamus Kearney
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There is a call for more international aid to help the tens of thousands of people fleeing the fighting in Mosul.

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There is a call for more international aid to help the tens of thousands of people fleeing the fighting in Mosul.

It comes from the UN Secretary General as he visited one of the camps set up outside the city.

'Historic moment for #Iraq,' says antonioguterres</a>; hopeful that &#39;battle for the liberation of Mosul soon complete&#39; <a href="https://t.co/xxjgRyFsuK">https://t.co/xxjgRyFsuK</a> <a href="https://t.co/bsawONpeGR">pic.twitter.com/bsawONpeGR</a></p>&mdash; UN News Centre (UN_News_Centre) March 30, 2017

Antonio Guterres told reporters: “These people have suffered enormously and they go on suffering, and we need more solidarity from the international community.

“There is a huge effort by the regional government, a huge effort by the NGOs, a huge effort by the UN agencies.

“This is the moment in which the international community needs to express deep solidarity with Iraq.”

Authorities have been struggling to provide adequate shelter for the flow of people fleeing Mosul.

Authorities say at least 350,000 people have left the city but some 400,000 civilians remain trapped in parts of Mosul where fighting continues.

“There was no food in #Mosul.” Meet a young family who risked their lives to escape war pic.twitter.com/fv94wC3QBk

— UN Refugee Agency (@Refugees) March 30, 2017

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