Samaritan’s Purse stands ready to provide relief to a massive influx of people escaping from Mosul into Northern Iraq. The complex military offensive to retake Mosul—Iraq’s second largest city—from ISIS control began Monday morning local time. Fighting to topple the terrorist organisation from their last in-country stronghold could last weeks or even months. More than 1 million people might be displaced by the battle; hundreds of thousands of people may flee just in the initial wave of escape.
We already have a disaster response team on the ground in Northern Iraq to join our national staff as they provide physical and spiritual relief in Jesus’ Name. We are prepared to distribute emergency shelter, food, water, blankets, hygiene kits, and cooking kits to thousands of displaced families.
“This is going to be a very large-scale catastrophe,” said Matthew Nowery, who directs our work in Iraq. “A huge number of people will be moving into a system that’s already stretched.”
Since ISIS captured Mosul in June 2014, Samaritan’s Purse has been bringing relief to many of the more than 3 million Iraqis displaced by violence and terror.
In our immediate response, we provided food and tents to the Christian community who fled their homes due to convert-or-die threats. When Yazidis were forced out of Sinjar two months later, we brought clothing, blankets, and other relief items to those who had fled for their lives.
“Thank you!” said one young Iraqi woman who fled for her life along with her 15 siblings. “You care about us as people. We feel that we are not alone but that you are with us.”
Today, we continue to provide water and sanitation services as well as medical care to Iraq’s displaced population. Our efforts also serve entire families with informal schools and playgrounds for the youngest victims of terror and training in livelihoods for the adults.
Emergency - Northern Iraq
Your donation will provide emergency assistance to refugees in northern Iraq, including those currently fleeing the city of Mosul. Any funds remaining, after this response, will be used by Samaritan’s Purse to provide critical life-saving assistance in other/future international disaster situations.