Photo: Ibrahim Sherkhan
Fighting in Mosul ends, leaving lifelong scars
Although military operations in Mosul, Iraq, came to an end in July, massive humanitarian needs remain — for both those inside the city and the more than 800,000 people still displaced. For those trying to return home, the challenges are many. Neighbourhoods are scarred by heavy fighting with thousands of homes, hundreds of roads and bridges, and many water stations, electricity plants, hospitals and schools completely destroyed. The ICRC has rehabilitated key water pumping stations in the eastern part of Mosul and has engaged in numerous projects in west Mosul. By early July, an ICRC mobile surgical team operating in Mosul General Hospital had received more than 650 cases. The Iraqi Red Crescent Society, meanwhile, has delivered hot meals and food baskets, set up water points and provided psychosocial support to people in camps outside Mosul, as well as in and around the city.