Middle East

UN chief: More funding needed for Iraq programs

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, meets with Iraqi parliament speaker Salim al-Jabouri, right, in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, March 30, 2017. Guterres arrived in Iraq amid a growing humanitarian crisis due to months-long fighting against the Islamic State group in Mosul, as the extremist group claimed responsibility for an overnight suicide attack in Baghdad. (AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan)

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, left, meets with Iraqi parliament speaker Salim al-Jabouri, right, in Baghdad, Iraq, Thursday, March 30, 2017. Guterres arrived in Iraq amid a growing humanitarian crisis due to months-long fighting against the Islamic State group in Mosul, as the extremist group claimed responsibility for an overnight suicide attack in Baghdad. (AP Photo/Ali Abdul Hassan)  (The Associated Press)

The United Nations chief is calling for more funding for U.N. programs in Iraq, saying international solidarity is needed with the people of Mosul.

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres visited a camp for displaced persons about 20 miles (32 kilometers) east of Mosul on Friday. He says: "These people have suffered enormously and they go on suffering."

Guterres said U.N. programs were funded at only 8 percent in Iraq this year.

An estimated 215,000 people are currently displaced as a result of the ongoing military operations to retake Mosul from the Islamic State group, according to the U.N.