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Mosul: Fleeing Extremism

Number of internally displaced is increasing as fighting intensifies.


Every day hundreds of people leave their homes in Mosul to seek protection and help. As the fighting between the extremist group and the Iraqi army intensifies, the see an opportunity to escape ISIS’ rule.

The current number of Internally Displaced Persons from western Mosul who remian displaced is more than 531,000. An estimated 200,000 individuals remain trapped under ISIL territories and face death in Mosul's Old City since the military operation started on OCtober 17, 2016.

“We don't know what will happen in western Mosul, but we cannot rule out the possibility of siege-like conditions or a mass exodus. To date, nearly half of all the casualties from Mosul are civilians. It's terrifying to think of the risks families are facing.” said Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq.

The military operations in Mosul have resulted in one of the largest humanitarian crises in 2016 and this is likely to continue in 2017. 

"As humanitarian operations extend farther into East Mosul, we are getting a clear picture of the intense suffering of civilians over the last two and a half years, which underscores our deep concerns for those who remain trapped and in danger inside West Mosul" - Thomas Weiss, IOM Iraq Chief of Mission


To assist Iraqis displaced by Mosul military operations, our partner, IOM Iraq, is providing critical humanitarian aid, including shelter, non-food items, fuel, transportation for internally displaced Iraqis, as well as health and psychosocial services. Since June 2016, more than 388,000 internally displaced Iraqis have been assisted by IOM.

Humanitarian aid is essential for the survival for the thousands of families displaced by Mosul operations. Up to 1.5 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian aid such as emergency shelter, non-food items, health and psychosocial support.

Many families are forced to make a difficult choice – to flee in the face of grave risks or remain in place where food, water, and medicines have become scarce.