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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


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


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.


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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