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By IHP, Oct 31 2016 02:33PM

IHP’s partners in northern Iraq are supporting the early humanitarian response for a potentially massive displacement of people as the battle to retake Mosul intensifies.

The offensive began on 17 October. Up to 1.5 million people in Mosul and the surrounding areas face serious danger from cross fire, being used as human shields and sniper attacks as the battle against ISIS by Iraqi troops and their allies, gains momentum.

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has reported that civilians are suffering from near suffocation and respiratory illnesses as 19 oil wells have reportedly been set ablaze by retreating ISIS militants.

Lise Grande, the UN humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, said recently, "The UN estimates that in a worst case scenario, Mosul could represent the single largest most complex humanitarian operation in the world in 2016."

What IHP is doing

The UN anticipates an influx of 200,000 displaced people over the coming days and weeks into camps that are already over-stretched. More than 10,000 people have been displaced since the offensive began. IHP is present in these camps, through local partners, supplying the highest quality essential medicines for those in need. We are also provisioning mobile health clinics and government hospitals with medical aid that enables them to deliver frontline health services to vulnerable men, women and children.

How you can help

Give - we are seeking to raise funds to help us reach a further 300,000 people in the region over the next six months. For more information please click here

Donate product - in order to meet the ongoing needs of our Middle East programmes, we seek planned donations of a broad range of medical products. The needs list can be accessed here.

Facts and Figures

• Over three million people have been displaced within Iraq since January 2014

• 800,000 have fled to Iraq’s Kurdish region

• Mosul is Iraq’s second largest city with a population of two million. It was captured by ISIS in June 2014.

• Half a million people fled Mosul after its capture

• 10,548 people have been displaced since the current offensive began on 17 October

• A further 200,000 people are expected to be displaced in the coming weeks


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