Over 2.5 million Iraqis are internally displaced after four years of conflict. Those who choose to return to their homes are met with the shock of a landscape change and a lack of infrastructure, services and security. Residents plea for help to rebuild their ruined city.
The Battle of Mosul was the largest military operation since Second World War. Although the operation ended in July 2017, it left the city completely devastated and 800,000 residents are still displaced in surrounding areas.
The crisis is far from over. Over 8 million people are in need of humanitarian assistance, including 4 million children. As many as two million displaced Iraqis are expected to return to their homes in 2018, but many families are unable to get home without help. They need food, healthcare and shelter, and those who have lost their breadwinner need help in securing livelihoods and returning to education.
Human Appeal's work in Iraq
As one of the first charities to offer support during the Battle of Mosul, your donations over the last year made a huge impact on Iraqi lives. In 2017 we helped a total of 750,000 Iraqis. During the Battle of Mosul we provided protection-by-presence to over 27,000 people feeling the military operations with the support of UNHCR and our food distributions in Mosul reached the greatest number of people of all agencies.
In the last year in Iraq, Human Appeal has:
Abu Ali is a father-of-six from West Mosul. His family struggled greatly during the Battle of Mosul - the family home was bombed and left uninhabitable by an airstrike. They lived in their house despite it having no roof or doors. When Abu Ali’s cousin fled the city he was killed and a child from his extended family is still missing.
Abu Ali’s source of income – his taxi – was burned by ISIS but he has lucky enough to find daily work to help support his family. Since the Battle of Mosul, his wife has developed diabetes and other illnesses.
Abu Ali’s family was one of 700 that we provided with a Refugee Housing Unit, which was designed with the help of the Ikea Foundation. It is an innovative shelter that has a solar energy system, will last four times longer than traditional refugee shelter tents and will protect the family through summer and winter.
“I can now sleep with peace of mind,”
Abu Ali told Human Appeal.
“Before I used worry all night about my children. There was nothing protecting our home, no walls, no doors and no windows. Anyone and anything could enter our home."
The solar energy system in Abu Ali’s shelter means he no longer has to pay for fuel or electricity in order to light his home or plug in a phone or television into a socket.
“My family and I are really grateful for this shelter, we are thankful to Human Appeal and to the staff who treated us like we were their own family.”