A report released by the United Nations reveal about 19,000 civilians was killed in Iraq in past less than two years. It is also added about 3.1 million were displaced and 37,000 were wounded due to the ongoing civil war in the region.
The report said much of the suffering was attributed by the Islamic State militant group that controls part of Iraq and Syria.
The disaster figures of 21 months between January 2014 and September 2015 are as below:
18.802 people killed and about half of them in Baghdad.
36,245 were wounded.
3.2 million civilians were internally displaced that included one million school-aged children.
The UN report adds the figures are based on official data and so the actual toll could be much higher.
It is also reported the Islamic State group mainly targeted the ethnic and religious minorities such as the Yazidis and have about 3,500 slaves mainly women and children.
Most of the women were mainly killed for refusing to have sex with the IS fighters.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said action is urgently required to stop such mass killings in the region.
He added, “Even the obscene casualty figures fail to accurately reflect exactly how terribly civilians are suffering in Iraq. The figures capture those who were killed or maimed by overt violence, but countless others have died from the lack of access to basic food, water or medical care.”