In 2014, conflict erupted in Iraq. Approximately 10 million people have been affected across the country, with over 3.3 million people displaced, half of whom are children. Since October last year, the military offensive in Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, has triggered new wave of mass displacement. Recently Mosul was announced to be retaken while the city has been devastated. Both the city and its children are far from recovery. Every day, there are 2,000 displaced people returning to the ruined city Mosul. Nearly 827,000 Iraqi displaced people are in dire need of assistance.
Memories of Mosul – Iraqi children recall their memories of home
World Vision has been responding to the needs of children and families affected by conflicts. Last year World Vision supported more than 1.7 million people in the region.
World Vision will continue our work in Iraq to provide humanitarian assistance to people returning Mosul and displaced:
- Livelihoods: Assistance in getting people back to work and rebuild homes.
- Child Protection: Establishment of Child Friendly Spaces to support children’s psychosocial needs.
- Education: Emergency school rehab & psychosocial support for students & teachers.
- Food Security: Distribution of food and food assistance by partnering with World Food Programme.
- WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene): Provision of facilities like water tanks and latrines.
Ian Dawes, Response Manager for World Vision Iraq, said: “While some people see this as the end of a crisis, the work is really just beginning. World Vision continues to support these families with medical care, safe spaces for children and support to their educational system until they are able to safely return to their homes.”
Since 2011, 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, including in countries like Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Syria.