BRUSSELS, 2 November, 2016 - Children fleeing Mosul are arriving at camps petrified, struggling to express themselves, and in some cases too terrified to speak, say World Vision staff based just outside of the city. Two years living under ISIL occupation and facing a litany of dangers while fleeing, such as landmines, snipers and fighters, has taken a toll on children’s physical and mental health. Aaron Moore, World Vision’s Programs Manager in northern Iraq says: “We are working with children who have arrived from Mosul in the last few days that are showing the crushing impact of being trapped in a city that was taken over two years ago. “Many children have been stuck in their homes while bombings, sniper…
03 Nov 2016
Now that Iraqi forces have just breached into the city of Mosul, the Norwegian Refugee Council warns that this will decide not only the fate of 1.2 million Iraqis, but of the entire country. “In the last weeks since the final Mosul operation started, we’ve seen thousands forced to flee their homes, families separated, many civilians injured and others killed by snipers or by explosive devices,” said NRC’s Country Director in Iraq, Wolfgang Gressmann. “We are now bracing ourselves for the worst. The lives of 1.2 million civilians are in grave danger, and the future of all of Iraq is now in the balance. “People in and around Mosul have lived for almost two and a half years in a…
Danish Refugee Council's Emergency Director has just been to Iraq and talked to some of the first people that have managed to flee the areas around Mosul. So far around 10,000 persons have reached safety after the offensive against the city of Mosul began nearly two weeks ago. DRC's Emergency Director, Rasmus Stuhr Jakobsen, has just spend a week in Iraq and met some of the families: "It's absolutely terrible stories they tell me. The families have not had the opportunity to work unless they worked for the Islamic State, and most refused to do so. So they have had to survive in every possible way imaginable. They have lived on their savings, borrowed money from family and friends -…
30 Oct 2016
With the offensive on Mosul unfolding, awareness is growing that one day, military groups united in the struggle against ISIS in Iraq will no longer have a common enemy. New conflict dynamics will emerge that need to be addressed urgently. While the need for a longer-term political strategy is now broadly recognized, the Coalition seems to leave the responsibility for such a strategy mainly in the hands of the Iraqi and Kurdish governments. However, the intervention of the Global Coalition against ISIS has a direct impact on ongoing local conflict dynamics. PAX therefore believes that the Coalition carries heavy responsibility for Iraq beyond ISIS and should be more directly involved in and committed to such a longer term political strategy.…
MOSUL: PROTECTING CIVILIANS MUST BE AT THE HEART OF THE RESPONSE Forces involved in the Mosul offensive must take all measures to protect civilians and allow them free passage to safety, urges Action Against Hunger as foreign ministers from several Western and Middle Eastern countries convene in Paris to discuss the Iraqi city’s future. Up to 1.5 million Iraqis could be affected by the ongoing offensive to retake Mosul, many of them women and children.  Ahead of today’s high-profile Paris meeting, which the organisation says disappointedly did not include consultation from civil society, Action Against Hunger has several asks to safeguard the wellbeing of tens of thousands of families likely to flee the violence. They include: •    All parties to…
With the final assault just launched by Iraqi forces to retake the city of Mosul, the Norwegian Refugee Council warns that the fate of some 1.2 million Iraqis is now in grave danger. NRC reiterates its appeal to the parties to the conflict to guarantee the safety of women, children and men who have lived for more than two years under brutal oppression, by establishing safe exit routes as the topmost priority. With no safe routes out for civilians and the city under now heavy attack, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis are at extreme risk of being caught in the crossfire, shot at by snipers as they attempt to flee, or of coming under attack in their own homes. “We…
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