Iraqi violence adds to the Middle East refugee crisis

A displaced Iraqi woman feeds her baby in a UNHCR tent at a temporary camp set up to shelter people fleeing violence in northern Iraq on June 17, 2014.

An appeal launched by the United Nations High Commissioner for victims of Syria's civil war has raised only 36 percent of the $4.2 million the UNHCR requested. Another appeal, for Iraqis displaced earlier this year in Anbar province, is only 12 percent funded. And hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have fled their homes this month, raising fears that fatigued donors and cash-strapped donor nations might be unable to provide desperately-needed funds. 

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