Help deliver aid to the growing number
On October 16, 2016, the Iraqi military and international coalition forces launched a joint offensive to free the city of Mosul, Iraq from ISIS control. Mosul, Iraq’s second-largest city, is home to over 1 million people, and has been under ISIS control since 2014.
While the liberation process could take several months, perhaps a more dangerous situation is the immediate liberation of Mosul before stabilizing forces and preparations are made for the 600,000 to 1 million civilians who could become trapped in the city. And if Mosul is successfully liberated, hundreds of thousands of families who have been trapped behind enemy lines will likely flee to safety—generating new waves of displacement.
Often malnourished, ill, and with nothing but the clothes on their backs, these families will be in immediate need of medicine, food, clean water, shelter, and basic supplies.
“OCHA [United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarians Affairs] estimates that the Mosul operation will be the largest and most sensitive humanitarian crisis in the world in 2016, and it is vital that resources are made available now to make timely preparations possible.” – UN Assistance Mission in Iraq Representative
Through our existing partnerships, World Relief is meeting the urgent needs of the people of Mosul. Our immediate response includes distributing non-food items (NFIs), hygiene kits, and bottled water, and we will continue to shape our response as the situation on the ground becomes more clear.
World Relief, with local partners, has been working to meet the unmet needs of Iraq and Syrian refugees and internally displaced people (IDPs) in Iraq since 2014, providing basic assistance to displaced families, as well as working to address the psychosocial needs of displaced children by providing for safe spaces for recreation, learning and support. Our long term presence in Iraq has strategically positioned us to be among the first to respond to the liberation of Mosul.
World Relief is committed to serving the families of Mosul as they restore their lives and build a more hopeful future.
Donate to help World Relief deliver aid and support to the people of Mosul. World Relief is committed to stand with the vulnerable in Mosul now and in the coming weeks and months. For a time, the needs of those living in Mosul will only grow. With fall and winter on the near horizon, adequate preparation for cold weather is a chief concern.
Stand with us we serve the vulnerable in Mosul.