A displaced girl waits for donated food at al-Takia camp in Baghdad, Jan. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)
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The United Nations launched an appeal Sunday for $861 million in international humanitarian assistance to help millions of people in Iraq who are suffering from war and displacement. Violence including the devastating war with Daesh (ISIS) has displaced 3.3 million Iraqis in the past two years, while some 250,000 Syrians have fled to Iraq to escape the war in their country.Plunging oil prices have drastically reduced oil revenue which Iraq relies on for the vast majority of its funds, meaning that Baghdad cannot afford to cover the cost of addressing the humanitarian crisis.Iraq plans to spend more than $1.5 billion on humanitarian assistance in 2016, but faces a shortfall of some $891 million that the funding appeal will help to address, according to the U.N.
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