Another family that arrived today is Fadhila’s family of her husband, seven daughters and grandchildren who were originally from Sinjar, but changed their location several times fearing clashes and shelling: “We are happy to be here, to have a safe place to stay. We have moved so many times.” Said Fadhila.
“Now we are free and the shelling is over. My daughter is seriously sick. She has diabetes and the insulin needs to be kept in cold water. It was very hard to make sure we could give her the treatment. We could barely eat; my husband was a laborer but couldn’t find work and we had no income,” she added.
“The new camp provides families fleeing conflict with protection and shelter. Families will also receive basic emergency household items, food, water and medical services”, said UNHCR’s Hovig Etyemezian.
According to the latest government figures, more than 807,000 people in total have been displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since October, when the military offensive began, including 633,573 individuals displaced from western Mosul since mid-February. More than 177,000 people are estimated to have since returned to their areas of origin.
UNHCR has built 12 other camps in order to respond to the large-scale displacement from Mosul and surrounding areas. However, the agency urgently needs USD 126 million to meet the critical needs of vulnerable families fleeing from conflict areas, as well as those returning to areas of Mosul that are now safe, until the end of the year.