Wednesday, 20 July 2016 16:16


(Baghdad, 20 July 2016): Humanitarian partners in Iraq are warning that urgent steps need to be taken to prepare for Mosul. Partners are appealing for USD 284 million to start preparing for the operation, which could impact as many as 1.5 million civilians.

Lise Grande, UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq said: “The impact of the Mosul military campaign on civilians will be devastating. Mass casualties among civilians are likely and families trying to flee are expected to be at extreme risk. Nothing can be done to prepare for what is expected to be the largest, most dramatic humanitarian crisis in the world this year until more funding is received.”

Military operations by the Government of Iraq and its allies to retake areas from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are already forcing hundreds of thousands of civilians, including more than 85,000 people from Fallujah, to flee their homes in search of safety. More than 3.3 million Iraqis are currently displaced across the country and as many as 2.5 million more people may become newly displaced along the Anbar and Mosul corridors and in Mosul city in the months ahead.

Although front-line partners are racing to provide support, virtually every camp and reception centre receiving newly displaced families is already at full capacity. Families who are displaced require a broad range of life-saving and specialized assistance. The most immediate needs are for water, food, emergency shelter, and medical assistance.

“Humanitarian partners are stretched in every conceivable way. At the beginning of this year, we appealed for USD 861 million to help 7.3 million Iraqis who were already in trouble. We have received only 40 per cent of this. Ninety-nine front-line programmes, including 30 life-saving health programmes, have already shut and hundreds more will in the weeks and months ahead if we don’t receive support,” said Ms. Grande.

“We can’t do what is necessary to prepare for Mosul if we don’t receive additional funding now. We need funding for the original appeal and we need an additional USD 284 million at least 2.5 months before the start of the Mosul operation to prepare. Humanitarian partners in Iraq have rigorously prioritized needs. We are not asking for an inflated amount in the hope of receiving a portion. We are asking for the minimum needed,” said Ms. Grande. “If funding arrives only after the military operation to retake Mosul starts, partners will be unable to respond appropriately.”

The costs of the Mosul humanitarian operation itself will depend on the scale, duration and intensity of the battle for the city. Humanitarian partners, working closely with governmental counterparts, have developed a range of scenarios from limited destruction and limited displacement for a limited period to massive destruction and massive displacement for a long period. In a worst case, nearly USD 1.8 billion may be required to support the people in trouble.

“It is becoming increasingly urgent to rebalance the investments being made in Iraq to ensure that the Iraq civilians, who have been caught in the conflict and who have lost everything, receive the assistance they deserve,” said Ms. Grande.

Flash Appeal for Mosul downloadable at: 

For further information, please contact:
Philippe Kropf, Communications Officer, OCHA Iraq, ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /+964 (0)751 1352875)
Cecilia Attefors, Humanitarian Affairs Officer, OCHA Iraq, ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. /+964 (0)751 1352880)

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