Hundreds of thousands of children in danger in battle for Mosul
As you may have seen in the news, many people are facing extreme danger as Iraqi forces are moving to retake control of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. Up to 400,000 living in the city may be affected by the fighting, and it is feared that up to half of those in danger are children.
Children caught up in the fighting
Unicef is extremely concerned for the safety and wellbeing of children and their families in Mosul who are still out of reach from humanitarian help. Hospitals, schools, homes, and other vital infrastructure have been destroyed. Fighting has trapped around 200,000 children in the west of the city, where they have been cut off from access to clean water, putting them in danger of disease.
As a result of this crisis more than 350,000 people, have been forced to flee their homes, with children amongst the most vulnerable. Most displaced people are now living in newly constructed camps, or are sheltering in abandoned buildings. Many children are in desperate need of our protection – we need your help.
How is Unicef helping children in Mosul?
As tens of thousands more people, half of them children arrive at registration points on the outskirts of Mosul, Unicef is there to meet them. Our teams are on the ground now, providing emergency food, water and feminine hygiene kits to people affected by the crisis, and supporting the local government by trucking clean water into the city.
Unicef is standing by with teams of psychosocial carers, and healthcare teams to ensure that we are there for the children fleeing conflict in Mosul. We are supporting child-friendly spaces which give vulnerable children a place to play and learn in a safe and secure environment. Since the beginning of this conflict, Unicef has supported over 320 schools to reopen, allowing over 258,000 children to get back to learning.
Working under some of the most difficult and dangerous conditions in the world, Unicef is doing everything possible to keep children and families safe in the days and weeks ahead. But we need your help to reach every child in danger.
Please donate now to help us reach children affected by the conflict in Iraq.
For the first 12 months monthly donations made to this appeal will go to children affected by the crisis in Iraq. After that they will go to our Children’s Emergency Fund. In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed Unicef’s funding requirements for this appeal, your one off or monthly gift will also go to the Children’s Emergency Fund.