The Battle for Mosul
Our teams are on standby in Iraq, ready to respond to help children and families expected to flee Mosul during the military offensive to retake Iraq's second largest city, which is now underway. We fear up to 1.5 million people currently inside the city could be affected by the battle, leading to a man-made humanitarian crisis of unprecedented scale.
Our emergency team have been deployed to Erbil and have designed a flexible response strategy to respond swiftly to the rapidly evolving situation.Our mobile teams will operate from Dohuk and Erbil in areas north and east of Mosul. We are ready to deliver emergency supplies such as food, water and sanitation equipment. We’re also prearing to provide psychological support to help children recover from the traumatic experiences they’ve been through.
“Our main challenge is to anticipate population movements and reach those fleeing the fighting,” said Charlotte Schneider, head of emergency at Action Against Hunger. “We have identified probable displacement routes and our emergency stocks are ready, but the situation could evolve quickly.”
We are committed to helping the people of Mosul, today and in the long term.
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Humanitarian situation in Iraqi Kurdistan
Today, Iraqi Kurdistan is facing two crises -- the influx of displaced Iraqi people and Syrian refugees.
In Iraq, fighting in several parts of the country's north has caused the displacement of hundreds of thousands of people and a sharp deterioration in the humanitarian situation. More than 10 million are estimated to need humanitarian support and 3.3 million people are internally displaced, though their movement is difficult to assess due to the rapidly changing situation on the ground. This is also impacting the humanitarian response.
Approximately 215,000 Syrian refugees have also settled in Iraqi Kurdistan due to the conflict.
Host communities have been generous, but existing infrastructure cannot meet the basic needs of this ever-growing and increasingly vulnerable population.
What we are doing
Currently present in Dohuk, Erbil and Kelar, Action Against Hunger has been in the Kurdistan region of Iraq since 2013, when we responded to a sudden mass influx of people fleeing Syria.
It was later at the forefront of the response to the mass displacement of Iraqis in 2014 when IS took control of part of Iraq and our team in Dohuk helped people fleeing fighting.
We have been providing food, water, sanitation and hygiene assistance to the displaced, as well as mental health support to the most vulnerable - including pregnant and nursing women and children under five who have been traumatised - ever since.