Mapping Iraq’s displaced
Reuters Graphics maps the swelling number of Iraq’s uprooted. In recent weeks, thousands of members of the ethnic minority Yazidis have fled their homes in Northern Iraq as the militant Islamic State gained territory. Most of the Yazidis who were besieged on Sinjar mountain have been able to escape and President Barack Obama announced yesterday that the Mt. Sinjar siege was over. But that’s cold comfort for those still left homeless in a conflict-torn region. The U.N. warned in June of the impending mass displacement, citing the danger to civilians due the fact that Syria’s ongoing war has created more 2.8 million refugees itself. That influx has already overwhelmed surrounding countries’ aid networks–and the crisis won’t ease anytime soon.