On 16 October 2016, Iraqi forces launched an offensive to take control of the city of Mosul, in northern Iraq, from ISIL. To date, more than 180,000 people have been displaced by this crisis.
Up to 1.5 million people living in the city may be affected by the operation, over half of those in danger may be children. There are also an estimated one million people in Mosul who are still out of reach from humanitarian assistance. Families in parts of Mosul have been cut off from access to clean water, putting children in danger of disease.
The majority of people displaced are now in newly constructed camps, or are taking shelter in abandoned buildings.
Back to school in Mosul
As the fighting subsides in East Mosul, around 30 schools have reopened with help from Unicef, allowing over 16,000 children to resume their education.
“Just a few weeks ago, these neighbourhoods were gripped by violence,” said Peter Hawkins, Unicef Representative in Iraq. “Today, girls and boys are heading back to class. After the nightmare of the past two years, this is a pivotal moment for the children of Mosul to reclaim their education and their hope for a better future.”
How can I help children in Iraq?
Unicef has been active in Iraq since 1952, and continue to expand our aid operations in country in response to this crisis. However, if current trends continue, and further resources are not found, humanitarian needs will rapidly outpace the response.
A donation of £58 could provide an emergency water and hygiene kit for two families affected by the crisis in Mosul. Please donate now to help us keep these children safe.