Terre des hommes (Iraq)

13.03.2017 - News

West of Mosul: Hundreds of families received emergency aid

Terre des hommes (Tdh) is the first humanitarian organisation to bring emergency aid in the west of Mosul. We support children and their families displaced due to the fighting between Iraqi Security Forces and ISIS.

Emergency distribution took place last week in the informal camp of Tal Jarabia, an hour away from Mosul. Children and their families have found refuge there after the fighting to gain ground from ISIS has started. We are the first organisation to work in this newly regained area in the west of Mosul.

We offered displaced families drinking water and food, kitchen and hygiene kits, gas cylinders, warm clothes and oral rehydration salt for children. In addition, we are currently setting up latrines, showers and water treatment unit for purifying water.

There are currently 661 displaced families living in Tal Jarabia informal camp.  Tal Afar, a city only 15 kilometres away, is still under control of ISIS. We expect many more families to come as soon as Iraqi Security Forces re-launch the military operations towards Tal Afar. Hundreds of displaced families are waiting on the frontline for an opportunity to flee and take refuge in informal settlements supported by Tdh,” says Francis Hughes, Tdh Emergency Coordinator in Iraq.

As Iraqi Forces advance to the western part of Mosul, thousands of families and children are in emergency need due to the difficulties of food supply and health care access. “Our main goal is to get as close as possible to the frontline to distribute basic help there. Children are the most affected and they need immediate emergency assistance,” explains Francis Hughes.

According to the UN, almost 217,000 people have fled their homes since the beginning of the Mosul offensive in October 2016. It is predicted that while retaking the populated west part of the city, another great wave of displacement may reach a quarter of a million people.

Photo credit: © Tdh/Peter Kaiser

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