Crisis in Mosul

What's happening in Mosul
and how is Unicef helping children?

Home > Helping children in Mosul, Iraq

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.

Help keep a child safe during the Iraq conflict

Donate now

How is Unicef helping children in Mosul?

As a result of the offensive in Mosul, tens of thousands more people, half of them children, have had to leave the city. As these children and families arrive at reception sites on the outskirts of Mosul; providing emergency food, water and dignity kits to almost 138,000 vulnerable people, as well as supporting the local Government by trucking clean water into the city.

This winter, we hope to reach 300,000 children with warm winter clothing and supplies to keep them safe from freezing temperatures.

For children and families living in transit sites and camps in the surrounding area, we’ve provided water and sanitation services for around 157,000 people and sent out Unicef-supported mobile health teams to provide polio and measles vaccinations to 13,000 displaced children in surrounding camps.

 

On 23 January, students go to class at a school in eastern Mosul. Schools are starting to re-open as part of the Ninewa Directorate of Education’s efforts to bring back regular classroom learning to children in the city after over two years of closure under ISIL control. Heba, Noor, and Janna are back in class at a recently re-opened school in eastern Mosul. UNICEF Iraq/2017/Anmar

Heba, Noor, and Janna are back in class at a recently re-opened school in eastern Mosul.
Unicef/2017/Anmar

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.”

Children line up to receive UNICEF-supplied backpacks at a school in eastern Mosul that re-opened its doors on 22 January 2017, as part of the Ninewa Directorate of Education’s efforts to bring back regular classroom learning to children in the city after over two years of closure under ISIL control. A generous donation from the German Bank for Reconstruction (KfW) supports UNICEF’s work to provide school supplies and support for newly re-opened schools in Mosul. All photos from January 22: UNICEF Iraq/2017/Ramadhan

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.

Help keep a child safe during the Iraq conflict

Donate now