Press Release

World Vision: Children will need years of support after Mosul offensive

In 2014, conflict erupted in northern Iraq. Approximately 10 million people have been affected across the country with more than 3.3 million people displaced, half of whom are children. Right now, the latest military offensive on Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city in the north, could require one of the largest humanitarian responses in the world this year, and it is likely to displace another 1 million people.

“They (Iraqi refugees) will arrive with nothing but the clothes on their back and will be thirsty, hungry, and need urgent medical attention,” said Khalil Sleiman, World Vision’s Response Manager for northern Iraq. “The violence will also have taken a devastating emotional toll on children, many of whom will need years of specialist support to rebuild their lives, come to terms with what happened, and to regain some kind of normality.”

World Vision staff is on the ground preparing to provide humanitarian assistance to the new influx of people from Mosul, including providing food, clean water, and items like blankets and fuel to help families prepare for the brutal winter in the area. World Vision will also set up Child Friendly Spaces to support children’s psychosocial needs.

World Vision has been responding to the needs of children and families displaced by conflicts in the Middle East region through the Syrian Refugee Response since 2011, including countries like Iraq, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. World Vision calls on the Hong Kong community to help these refugees that are fleeing for their lives.

Donations can be made through*:

1. Online donation

2. Direct Bank-in (Hong Kong):
Hang Seng Bank   286-364385-003

3. Crossed cheque payable to “WORLD VISION HONG KONG”

Please send bank-in slip or crossed cheque together with your personal particulars to Freepost No. 69, World Vision Hong Kong (free postage) and mark “Syrian Refugee Response” on the envelope. Donations are tax-deductible with official receipts.

*Donation will go towards "Syrian Refugee Response" – a collective campaign raising funds to provide life-saving aid to the war-torn people within the region, including Syria and Iraq.

For inquiries, please contact our Donor Services Department at 2394 2394 or click here to learn more.

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