In October 2016, Iraqi forces launched an offensive to take control of the northern city of Mosul from ISIL. So far, more than 180,000 people have had to flee their homes. The fighting may have affected up to 1.5 million people living in the city, and over half of those in danger may be children.
What is more, an estimated one million people in Mosul are still out of reach from humanitarian help. Families in parts of the city have been cut off from access to clean water, putting children in danger of disease. Most displaced people are now in newly constructed camps, or are sheltering 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 23,000 children to get back to learning.
“Just a few weeks ago, these neighbourhoods were gripped by violence,” said Peter Hawkins of Unicef 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 we’re expanding our aid operations in country in response to the crisis. However, if current trends continue, and we don’t find further funding, humanitarian needs will soon outpace our response. With your help, we can continue to be there for children and families in Iraq.
A donation of £58 today 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.