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EU humanitarian chief warns that situation in Iraq is deteriorating amid donor fatigue

  • A displaced woman and children walk through rows of tents at a camp set up for people from Ramadi and the area in al-Shurta neighborhood of west Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, April 30, 2015. There are 2.7 million people internally displaced in Iraq, where government forces are struggling to wrest back vast areas of the north and west seized by the Islamic State group last year. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    A displaced woman and children walk through rows of tents at a camp set up for people from Ramadi and the area in al-Shurta neighborhood of west Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, April 30, 2015. There are 2.7 million people internally displaced in Iraq, where government forces are struggling to wrest back vast areas of the north and west seized by the Islamic State group last year. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)  (The Associated Press)

  • Displaced Iraqis receive humanitarian aid from UNICEF at a camp set up for people from Ramadi and the area in al-Shurta neighborhood of west Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, April 30, 2015. The head of the European Union's humanitarian aid department has warned that the situation in Iraq is rapidly deteriorating while the world is preoccupied with crises elsewhere. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    Displaced Iraqis receive humanitarian aid from UNICEF at a camp set up for people from Ramadi and the area in al-Shurta neighborhood of west Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, April 30, 2015. The head of the European Union's humanitarian aid department has warned that the situation in Iraq is rapidly deteriorating while the world is preoccupied with crises elsewhere. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)  (The Associated Press)

  • Displaced children push a cart with humanitarian aid that they received from UNICEF at a camp set up for people from Ramadi and the area in al-Shurta neighborhood of west Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, April 30, 2015. Jean-Louis de Brouwer, the head of the European Union's humanitarian aid department, has warned that the situation in Iraq is rapidly deteriorating while the world is preoccupied with crises elsewhere. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)

    Displaced children push a cart with humanitarian aid that they received from UNICEF at a camp set up for people from Ramadi and the area in al-Shurta neighborhood of west Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, April 30, 2015. Jean-Louis de Brouwer, the head of the European Union's humanitarian aid department, has warned that the situation in Iraq is rapidly deteriorating while the world is preoccupied with crises elsewhere. (AP Photo/Karim Kadim)  (The Associated Press)

The head of the European Union's humanitarian aid department has warned that the situation in Iraq is rapidly deteriorating while the world is preoccupied with crises elsewhere.

Jean-Louis de Brouwer told The Associated Press that the number of displaced people in Iraq has quadrupled in the last year and shows no signs of decreasing, adding: "The worst is still to come."

There are 2.7 million people internally displaced in Iraq, where government forces are struggling to wrest back vast areas of the north and west seized by the Islamic State group last year.

In recent weeks another 100,000 have been displaced by fighting in and around Ramadi, in the western Anbar province.

De Brouwer said "there is not just donor fatigue but donor exhaustion."