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Mosul, Iraq Crisis
Hundreds of thousands of children’s lives have been shattered after years of ISIL control in Mosul. Displaced from their homes and witnesses to untold violence and danger. While some people see the re-taking of Mosul as the end of a crisis, the work is really just beginning. The level of destruction is immense.
people displaced in Iraq
of those fleeing Mosul are children
people in Iraq need humanitarian assistance due to ongoing conflict
Children always bear the brunt of military conflict
During the battle to re-take the city of Mosul, over 900,000* people (UNCHR) have been displaced from their homes and seen untold violence.
Children are arriving in the camps too terrified to speak. They have faced two years living under occupation and fear of landmines, snipers and fighters, all of which have taken a toll on these children’s physical and mental health.
The city itself has suffered immense damage. Reconstruction of schools, homes and basic infrastructure needs to take place to ensure children can return safely to the city and rebuild their lives.
Our goal is to reach 350,000 people caught in this crisis.
World Vision has been working in Iraq since 2014
World Vision works in Iraq with internally displaced people and refugees fleeing conflict in neighbouring countries. We are delivering food assistance; drilling boreholes; establishing fixed and mobile clinics in areas with no health care; offering informal education and establishing a women’s centre to protect women and girls from violence.
As the regional crisis worsens we are expanding this work
and are providing food, stoves, heating, fuel and clean water and sanitation services. Our teams have set up Child Friendly Spaces in the camps where children can meet, share, learn, and receive emotional support. World Vision is also preparing to rebuild classrooms and train teachers to ensure children can return to their education in Mosul.
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Our Child Friendly Spaces are helping children re-learn how to play
Each day, the children come to the space where activities are run by skilled Child Protection Officers, trained in providing child-based psychological and social support. “I didn’t draw before because there were no colours,” says Sarah*, 11 years old while colouring. “The first time I drew again was last Sunday. It made me so happy! So today I have drawn a heart. It’s the hearts of all of us coming together again.”
Catch-up classes give Mosul’s children new hope
Years after escaping ISIL in his hometown of Mosul, 18-year-old Abdulrahman is excited to be learning again.
How has the Iraqi conflict affected children?
Children fleeing Mosul are arriving at camps petrified, struggling to express themselves, and in some cases too terrified to speak, according to World Vision staff based just outside of the city.
Many children are forced to flee with only the clothes on their backs. Their physical and mental health have been badly affected by two years living under a brutal occupation and then facing landmines, snipers, and fighters when they fled.
“Many children have been stuck in their homes while bombings, sniper fire or chaos ruled around them. Others have witnessed the death of family members,” says Aaron Moore, World Vision’s programs manager in northern Iraq.
What is the crisis in Iraq?
Since mid-2014, the people of Iraq have been caught up in a resurgence of violence that has displaced 3.3 million people within the country. About half of them have settled in camps for internally displaced people, within host communities, or in churches in the Kurdish Region of Iraq.
On October 17, the Iraqi military and other forces moved to retake Mosul from ISIL that has held the city for two years. Civilians fleeing the area are in dire need of aid. In July the Iraqi military successfully took control of the city. The level of destruction in the city is immense.
The UNHCR reports 900,000 fled Mosul, joining a quarter of a million Syrian refugees in the Kurdish Region of Iraq. This has a created additional strain among host communities and camps who already struggle with limited resources.
What is World Vision doing for those fleeing Mosul?
Our immediate response to the mass displacement is distributing food and core relief items, improving access to water, sanitation and hygiene facilities and providing Child Friendly Spaces in camps across the Kurdish Region of Iraq.
World Vision was already on the ground supporting 200,000 who fled in the initial fighting in 2014 with:
Clean drinking water
Child protection services
Your donation today will provide families displaced by the conflict in the Middle East