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The race against time for Mosul’s children

16 April 2017 - Six months have passed since the start of the military operation to retake Mosul from ISIL. Today, an estimated 345,000 people — 190,000 of them children — have been displaced from Iraq’s second-largest city.

UNICEF is working around the clock to support children and families fleeing Mosul, as well as those who have stayed in the city or are living in newly-retaken areas.

Situation Reports

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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

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RAMADI, Iraq, 22 November 2016 - I visited Anbar earlier this year shortly after military operations had concluded. Ramadi city was a flat concrete pancake; the way of life had been destroyed. There was nobody there, not a single person, cat or dog, nothing living.

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Six months later, in early November, I returned and, although still badly damaged, Anbar was full of hope. Schools have re-started. Children are back in the classroom devoting themselves to their studies. They and their teachers are at the vanguard of a movement giving life back to the city. 

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