“We came with nothing, we have nothing”: thousands flee Fallujah as fighting intensifies

Joint release from UNICEF, WFP, IOM and WHO

BAGHDAD, 6 June 2016 – The UN and partners are in a race against time to provide life-saving assistance to people fleeing escalating violence in Anbar, particularly around the battle for Fallujah.

On 5 June, UNICEF, the World Food Programme (WFP), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the World Health Organization (WHO) travelled to a series of camps established to receive people escaping the violence.

In the past 10 days, approximately 10 000 people have come to these camps to seek safety and services. An estimated 50 000 people remain trapped in the city as the military offensive continues.

The Government of Iraq had established a number of camps for the 60 000 people already displaced in Anbar, and in anticipation of movement from the Fallujah area. These facilities are overstretched, with little capacity to absorb more people.

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Total population (000s) 36 004
Total health expenditure on health (% of general government expenditure) 6.0
Maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) 50
Number of primary health care units and centres (per 10 000 population) 0.7
Total life expectancy at birth (years) 70.0

Source: Country statistical profiles (2015)

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