AS THE IRAQI GOVERNMENT DECLARED MOSUL LIBERATED FROM ISIS CONTROL ON THE 10th OF JULY 2017, IT'S ESTIMATED THAT OVER 800,000 PEOPLE REMAIN DISPLACED FROM THE CITY WHICH SUFFERED MASSIVE DEVASTATION DURING THE CONFLICT. WE ARE COMMITTED TO SERVE THE PEOPLE OF NORTHERN IRAQ FOR THE LONG TERM. HERE WE TAKE A LOOK BACK AT OUR MOSUL RELIEF EFFORTS SINCE THE CONFLICT TO RELEASE THE CITY FROM ISIS BEGAN IN OCTOBER 2016.
Our current response builds on nearly a decade of continuous work in northern Iraq. In 2008 we came to northern Iraq to serve those affected by Saddam Hussein’s Anfal campaign. Children’s programmes, medical care, and other projects for those displaced by ISIS have hallmarked our efforts to provide relief in Jesus’ Name. Our Christian presence is welcomed in Iraq as an agent of peace between conflicting Shi’a and Sunni Muslims.
In June 2014 Mosul fell to ISIS occupation, and in October 2016 the Iraqi military offensive to free Mosul from ISIS control commenced. As a street to street battle raged, civilians fled their homes, sometimes being shot by ISIS as they did. Samaritan’s Purse was able to assist in the response to the surge of sometimes thousands of people fleeing each day.
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Thank you for your support and prayers. Here is a reminder of what we’ve shared over the months.
Early scenes as people began to flee the city.
Our team shares insights and prayer requests
A Samaritan’s Purse team member writes about life in an evacuee camp, while our country director for northern Iraq, Matthew Nowery, gives a video summary, with a prayer request for opportunities to share God’s love.
As the conflict in the city progressed, Iraqi people began to return to outlying villages, to begin the process of rebuilding. Our country director Matthew Nowery visited a village and went inside a church destroyed by ISIS.Donate to our relief work in Northern Iraq
Some of the Iraqi people we met
In December 2016, our Executive Director visited Mosul
Simon Barrington writes and sends video updates from his visit to the relief work.
Our Emergency Field Hospital
A Samaritan’s Purse medical team visited the region to ascertain how we could more fully meet the needs of the displaced Iraqi people. Just before Christmas, we dispatched a cargo jet carrying our transportable Emergency Field Hospital, and more relief supplies, bound for Erbil. It landed there on Christmas morning.
January 2017 – The hospital opens and is dedicated
The conflict moves to west Mosul
By mid-January, the eastern part of the city had been liberated from ISIS. Children began to return to school, and the process of recovering and rebuilding began. At the same time, hundreds of thousands of people were still trapped in the western part of the city, in many cases without food and water. Samaritan’s Purse continues to offer relief, and is committed to Iraq for the long term, as its people recover and rebuild.
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The human cost – Meet more people displaced from Mosul
More from our Emergency Field Hospital
International Disaster Relief
Your gift will provide relief at a moment’s notice whenever and wherever a disaster strikes. Gifts towards our International Disaster Relief work will be used where most needed in a disaster or emergency situation to provide items such as emergency food, medical care, shelter, water and hygiene kits.