Mosul Emergency

The military offensive launched on 17 October against Daesh in the city of Mosul in Iraq continues today and threatens to displace 1.5 million civilians.

This new humanitarian crisis demands an immediate response — already long overdue. ‘Darna’ (Our Home) is an emergency program dedicated to this crisis, and through it we expect to reach 30,000 people, providing hygiene kits and field kitchens.

The immediacy of the crisis demands equipment — considered ‘life saving’ — which will allow people to prepare food themselves. This is essential in order to prevent the outbreak of epidemics.

A mobile health unit is already running, providing care, guidance and psychological support to displaced persons, with special attention to women and children.

In a second phase, we will have doctors on staff at other clinics we manage in Iraq, posted to the mobile health unit on a weekly basis to handle medical appointments for those cases which get reported to us.

Our staff is already active in Erbil and Dohuk, assisting Iraqi families who have fled, as well as Syrian refugees of the most recent crises, providing support to newly displaced people fleeing Mosul. The draft  guidelines, information and psychological support in place for the past 2 years have all been updated and adapted to meet the new and emerging needs.

According to recent surveys by the UN, there are already over 250,000 displaced people — and these will join the 2 million internally displaced people caused by Daesh in the summer of 2014. Most still live in camps in northern Iraq and in the region of Kurdistan (KRG), where we work.

OUR PROJECTS INVOLVED IN THE EMERGENCY


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A team of doctors and social workers staff a mobile health unit which monitors the physical and mental health of women arriving in the Debaga camp on the outskirts of Erbil.

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Social workers and psychologists offer psycho-social support to youth in the Zelikan camp in the area of Dohuk. More specifically, they evaluate the mental health of children who arrive in the camp, identifying the most serious cases of trauma, and determining the kind of intervention that is necessary.

Mass Communication
A team of workers are involved in welcoming and orienting displaced people from Mosul arriving in the Debaga camp,. They offer information about those services to which they are entitled, promote campaigns for their security, and monitor the needs and requirements of people.

 

Since 2009, we have worked in the Nineveh Plains, which had fallen to Daesh. There we launched educational projects, and offered support and protection to minorities.  Additionally, we continued to accompany the local population when it sought refuge in Iraqi Kurdistan.

In response to the advancement of Daesh, we have been constantly active with projects aimed at providing immediate humanitarian aid, as well as longer term programs, with a focus on youth, on inter-community dialogue, on social cohesion, and peacebuilding.

Action which goes beyond the current emergency situation is necessary: we must lay the groundwork for the return of local populations to those areas which will be gradually liberated from the presence of Daesh.

 

 

 

The number of displaced people from Mosul is still on the rise. Many are forced to walk for miles before reaching a camp. Those who do arrive need information, health assistance, and psychological support. Or sometimes, simply to be reassured. This is where our workers and specialists step in to offer help and assistance.

 

Since 2009, we have worked in the Nineveh Plains, which had fallen to Daesh. There we launched educational projects, and offered support and protection to minorities.  Additionally, we continued to accompany the local population when it sought refuge in Iraqi Kurdistan.

In response to the advancement of Daesh, we have been constantly active with projects aimed at providing immediate humanitarian aid, as well as longer term programs, with a focus on youth, on inter-community dialogue, on social cohesion, and peacebuilding.

Action which goes beyond the current emergency situation is necessary: we must lay the groundwork for the return of local populations to those areas which will be gradually liberated from the presence of Daesh.

 

 

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