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‘Iraq may soon reach a point beyond repair’

Iraqi security forces stand guard at the main gates of Baghdad's Green Zone . PHOTO: AFP

Iraqi security forces stand guard at the main gates of Baghdad’s Green Zone . PHOTO: AFP

Without a coherent strategy to address the urgent needs of displaced Iraqis, the opportunity to rebuild parts of the country liberated from Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) may be lost, a new report has warned.

The report from the Minority Rights Group International and the Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights, released on Wednesday, highlights the dire situation facing millions of Iraqis amid the country’s ongoing war against the ISIL, also known as ISIS group.

“In the context of limited governance and continued insecurity, the opportunity afforded by the retaking of territory from ISIS is being lost,” the report states. “If communities are unable to co-exist, Iraq may soon reach a point beyond repair.”

The United Nations estimates that there are more than 3.4 million displaced people living in Iraq, while 10 million are in need of humanitarian assistance. Depending on the intensity and scope of the conflict, that number could reach 13 million by the end of the year, said Lise Grande, the deputy special representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq.



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