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Monday, 29 May 2017 12:58

UNHCR and partners increasing shelter options for West Mosul displaced

Erbil, Iraq, 29 May 2017 - UNHCR, the UN refugee agency, along with shelter and camp management partners, are working flat out to receive Mosul displaced in camps and provide emergency shelter and assistance in and around Mosul to people unable to move from the city, fleeing from or returning to eastern Mosul.

The ramping-up of activities comes in response to a recent surge in the number of newly-displaced Iraqis fleeing the military offensive in western Mosul. An estimated 10,000 people per day fled areas of north-west Mosul and the Old City late last week.

“UNHCR and partners are moving as fast as we can and as far as we can into Mosul to help people displaced from the city rebuild their lives. We’re providing assistance where people flee to and where they’re fleeing from, UNHCR Representative in Iraq Bruno Geddo said. “We’re at the camps in Hammam al-Alil and Al Salamiyah. We’re also preparing to go into Mosul to provide emergency shelter and sealing-off kits to those displaced or returning to unfinished or damaged buildings”.

UNHCR has built 12 camps to respond to the large-scale displacement from Mosul and surrounding areas. Hasansham U2 and Al Salamiyah 1 (funded by the Iraqi government’s Ministry of Migration and Displacement) opened earlier this month. Work continues at Al Salamiyah 2 and which will have eventual total capacity for up to 30,000 people.

According to the latest government figures, more than 769,000 people in total have been displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas since October, when the military offensive began, including more than 566,000 individuals displaced from western Mosul since mid-February.

UNHCR and partners have provided assistance to over 487,000 people displaced from Mosul in and outside camps since last October. An estimated 152,000 people have since returned to their areas of origin.

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Amira Abd El-Khalek This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +964 772 616 3729
Saif al-Tatooz This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. +964 780 195 8468

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  • Agency: UNHCR

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