Middle East UN: 26,000 children displaced since beginning of Mosul operation

UN: 26,000 children displaced since beginning of Mosul operation
Displaced children from Mosul gather to receive their daily meal, Nov. 11, 2016. (Photo: Reuters)

ERBIL, Kurdistan Region (Kurdistan24) – The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) on Thursday stated since the launch of the Mosul liberation operation a month ago, 59,000 people had been displaced.

The UN agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) released a joint statement on the UNAMI website about the situation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and civilians in the newly liberated areas.

“Tens of thousands of families in newly retaken areas urgently require life-saving assistance,” the statement read. “Nearly 59,000 people have been displaced, about 26,000 of them children.”

“The UN and NGOs have started to provide assistance to displaced and resident families in newly retaken areas,” the UN statement added.

The report also revealed over 40,000 displaced people had found shelter in formal camps in governorates.

“With military operations imminent in densely-populated areas of Mosul city, humanitarian agencies and NGOs are increasingly worried about the ability of families impacted by the conflict to reach safety and assistance,” the UN statement continued.

According to an announcement by the Kurdistan Regional Government’s (KRG) Joint Crisis Coordination Centre (JCC), over 33,000 IDPs moved to the Kurdistan Region during the operation to retake Qayyarah.

Additionally, over 36,000 IDPs moved to Kurdistan since the start of the Mosul offensive on Oct. 17.

The number equates to 78 percent of the total displaced people in the Region who settled at Hassansham and Khazir camps in Erbil, and Zelikan camp in Duhok, the JCC stated.  

“The KRG is currently hosting 40 percent of all [IDPs] and 97 percent of Syrian refugees in Iraq,” the JCC statement read.

The Kurdistan Region is currently hosting nearly 1.8 million IDPs and over 216,000 Syrian refugees in the governorates of Erbil, Duhok, and Sulaimani.   

 

Editing by Karzan Sulaivany