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The UN refugee agency launched a $60 million appeal yesterday to aid hundreds of thousands of displaced Iraqis. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reports that one in eight Iraqis have already left their homes, and 50,000 are now leaving each month.

“The funds will cover UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) protection and assistance programmes for Iraqi refugees in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey, as well as non-Iraqi refugees and IDPs, in what the agency says is the largest long-term population movement in the Middle East since the displacement of Palestinians following the creation of Israel in 1948.” More

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