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Keep children safe in Mosul operation, UNICEF says

Call to protect children, as escalating conflict threatens to destroy childhoods in Iraq

Baghdad 17 October 2016 – More than half a million children and their families in Mosul will be at extreme risk in the coming weeks, UNICEF warned today as a military operation to retake the northern Iraqi city gets under way.

“Mosul’s children have already suffered immensely over the past two years. Many could be forcibly displaced, trapped between fighting lines, or caught in the cross fire,” said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Representative in Iraq.

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Published monthly, our Humanitarian Situation Reports detail UNICEF's response to the ongoing emergency in Iraq and in the regional response to the crisis in Syria. 

Stories from UNICEF in Iraq


DEBAGA CAMP,  Iraq, 16 September 2016 – On a late summer morning, Debaga camp is thronged with people. The camp was built to house around 5,000 individuals, but the population has grown to more than 36,000 in less than six months as displacement increases from villages and towns near the city of Mosul...

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