Bringing Relief in Mosul

Samaritan’s Purse is treating the injured and providing relief to those displaced by conflict

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Mosul response to date

    • A month in to the Iraqi military offensive to free western Mosul from ISIS control, around 180,000 civilians are believed to have fled, with an estimated 320,000 more expected to flee
    • 260,000 people have been displaced to date by the military offensive to liberate east Mosul from ISIS rule. Some have been able to return to their villages, and other remain in evacuee camps
    • In partnership with World Food Programme we’re continuing to provide food to over 130,000 people
    • We are also supplying water, sanitation and hygiene packs, tarpaulins, cooking kits, blankets and other life-saving aid
    • We’ve created nutrition programmes in the evacuee camps, focusing on malnourished children and babies
    • In partnership with the Iraqi Ministry of Health, we’ve established an emergency field hospital. Here we are treating a high number of casualties; specifically people who it is likely would not survive the one to two hour drive to the next nearest hospital. Read more about the field hospital here.

 

Urgent need – Medical team

Samaritan’s Purse’s emergency field hospital is into its second month since it was established on Iraq’s Plains of Nineveh. Treating those injured during the conflict between Iraqi Security Forces and ISIS terrorists in Mosul, our hospital is caring for adults and children injured by gunfire, land mines, mortar rounds, car bombings, and improvised explosives. To date, our medical team has treated more than 1,075 patients, many of whom are women and children. To date we’ve performed over 475 major surgeries.

Christian medical personnel, especially lab technicians, are urgently needed for this response. Other particular needs include trauma/general surgeons, anaesthetists, emergency medicine physicians, operating room nurses, intensive care unit nurses, surgical technicians, and operating room sterilisation staff.  Click here to learn more about serving on our Disaster Assistance Response Team in Iraq.

Equipped with an emergency room, two operating rooms, more than 50 beds, and dozens of staff, our facility provides immediate medical care and surgical aid for patients who otherwise may lose their lives before they can reach the nearest established medical centre in Erbil; one to two hours away. Our hospital is the closest trauma centre to front-line fighting and is operated in partnership with the Iraqi Ministry of Health.

More about our work in Iraq

Samaritan’s Purse continues to provide physical and spiritual relief to the people of northern Iraq in other ways as well. In partnership with the World Food Programme, we have distributed over 3,100 metric tons of food to thousands of families in six evacuee camps. These monthly rations of salt, sugar, cooking oil, chickpeas, rice, flour, and beans provide much needed sustenance to those who have left nearly everything to flee for their lives. We have also distributed cook stoves to give the displaced a means to turn their staples into meals as well as jerry cans for their stove fuel. As the Mosul refugees endure freezing temperatures, we have provided over 7,500 tarpaulins, and over 33,000 blankets.

In addition to food items, we have given out medicine, clothing, shoes, and blankets to those recently displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas. Some who were displaced in 2014 when ISIS first invaded the region are now returning to villages now free of ISIS control. We are helping these families in various ways as well.

Our current response builds on nearly a decade of continuous work in northern Iraq. Children’s programs, 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.

Snow looks beautiful as it settles on olive trees in northern Iraq but makes tent-living all the more difficult.

Please pray:

  • for our trauma hospital; for our medical team working to treat the many patients with life-threatening injuries, and for those they’re treating and their families to learn something of Jesus’ love through their time in our care
  • for our continuing efforts to provide relief—food, clean water, clothing, and more—to many tens of thousands of adults and children
  • for the humanitarian needs of those still trapped in western Mosul, as the conflict continues.

 

UNOCHA statement

Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, attended our emergency field hospital dedication earlier this month. (Watch our hospital dedication.)

In January 16,000 children were able to go back to school in some of the eastern areas of Mosul. At the same time the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) issued a press statement expressing deep concern about the plight of the civilians who are currently living in the western sections of the city where fighting is expected to start in coming weeks. The statement quoted Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, as saying : ‘We hope that everything is done to protect the hundreds of thousands of people who are across the river in the west. We know that they are at extreme risk and we fear for their lives … The reports from inside western Mosul are distressing. Humanitarian partners are unable to access these areas but all the evidence points to a sharply deteriorating situation .’ (Read the full UNOCHA statement here.)

 

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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.

 

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