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“The situation in Mosul is critical” 19/12/16

Since the offensive to retake Mosul began two months ago, nearly 100,000 people have fled the fighting. For several weeks, Handicap International has been providing assistance to displaced people, through emergency activities such as physiotherapy care and psychosocial support, mine risk education, and inclusion initiatives. Maud Bellon, Field Coordinator for Handicap International’s Mosul Emergency Response, gives an update on the situation.

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Mosul: Nearly 100,000 people displaced in two months 19/12/16

Two months ago, the Iraqi and Kurdish armed forces launched an offensive to retake Mosul, in Iraq. Since then, nearly 100,000 people have fled the city and its surroundings. Handicap International’s teams are working in various displacement areas to provide them with assistance.

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Hana, Iraq: “I’m scared for my daughter 06/12/16

Nearly one month ago, Sinat’s family arrived in Khazer camp, where some 30,000 people who have fled Mosul and its surroundings now live. Sinat has cerebral palsy and her parents are worried about her health. She was recently visited by one of Handicap International’s teams, who immediately began providing her with physiotherapy care.

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Tiba, Iraq: “I’d like to go to school” 06/12/16

Two weeks ago, Tiba fled the city of Mosul with her family and took refuge in Khazer camp for displaced people, not too far from the front lines. To make her life easier and to help her move around, Handicap International will shortly provide her with mobility aids.

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Reema, Iraq: “I dream of returning home” 05/12/16

Reema is 72. She is from Gogjali, a village located near the city of Mosul. Three weeks ago, she fled the fighting and arrived in Khazer camp for displaced people, with her family. Suffering from several illnesses, she only survives with their help. Handicap International’s emergency team paid her a visit. 

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Mosul: Handicap International launches emergency response 30/11/16

Over the last six weeks, more than 75,000 people have fled the fighting in Mosul and its surrounding area.  Handicap International has deployed a dozen field mobile teams to assist people displaced by the conflict. The organisation is providing rehabilitation care and psychosocial support in the main displacement areas.  

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Iraq: Displaced children in Kirkuk learn about the risks from explosive weapons 22/11/16

For over a year, Handicap International’s teams have been providing displaced children in Iraqi schools with information on the risk of landmines and other explosive weapons. More than 100,000 people have taken part in these activities since the launch of the organisation’s emergency response in Iraq.

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Salim, Iraq: “My heart stopped” 18/11/16

Salim left Jalawla, Iraq, with his family two years ago after the Islamic State group captured the city. As they fled, his son died and Salim had a heart attack. Since his return to Jalawla, Handicap International’s team monitors him and has provided him with physiotherapy sessions and psychosocial support.

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Sabah, Iraq: “I’ve got my smile back again” 18/11/16

Injured in one of Iraq’s many wars, Sabah had his leg amputated many years ago. When Jalawla was captured by the Islamic State group in 2014, he fled the city with his family. They returned to Jalawla in early 2016. Still traumatised by all he went through, Sabah follows psychosocial support sessions supported by one of Handicap International’s teams. The organisation has also provided him with mobility aids to make his life easier.

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Iraq: Disabled and vulnerable people take refuge in Hasansham camp after fleeing Mosul 16/11/16

Over 55,000 people have been displaced since military operations to retake Mosul, Iraq began on the 17th October. Hasansham camp opened ten days ago and is already full: more than 10 000 internally displaced people have found refuge there.

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Khazer camp, Iraq: Over half the people living here are under 18 16/11/16

More than 55,000 people have been displaced since military operations to retake Mosul began on the 17th October 2016. Several thousand of them now live in Khazer camp, 15 kilometres away from the frontline. 

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Mosul: “The number of displaced people has doubled in the past week” 16/11/16

Since the launch of the Mosul offensive in Iraq, more than 55,000 people have been displaced. Handicap International’s teams will start providing assistance to vulnerable people in displacement areas, from next week. 

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Iraq: Handicap International prepares to respond to emergency needs in Mosul 07/11/16

Three weeks after the start of the military offensive to take back the city of Mosul in Iraq, over 34,000 people have already been displaced. Handicap International is preparing to provide them with support and to deploy substantial resources to respond to the emergency situation.

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Mosul: More than 15,000 people already displaced 27/10/16

More than 15,000 people have been displaced since military operations to retake the city of Mosul in Iraq began on 17th October 2016. Handicap International is preparing to supply them with aid and fears mass displacements are likely to occur within weeks.

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Mosul offensive raises fears of a major humanitarian crisis 18/10/16

There are fears that the military offensive on the Iraqi city of Mosul could result in a humanitarian crisis on an unprecedented scale. More than one million people may be forced to flee to escape the fighting, in a country where at least 3.3 million people have already been uprooted. Handicap International is concerned that the people fleeing Mosul will not all be able to access humanitarian aid. Thomas Hugonnier, head of emergency response operations in Iraq, explains the situation.

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