With the latest military offensive starting any day, Oxfam is deeply concerned for the safety of families trapped in western Mosul where narrow, densely-populated streets could become a death trap.
The number of families fleeing Mosul has more than tripled in the space of a week - many of them have been suffering appalling injuries and traumas to escape the fighting.
Thousands of families are living in a “smoke-filled hell” without access to clean water or medical services after ISIS militants retreated from towns and villages on the way to Mosul.
People escaping the village of Hawd, 50km south of Mosul, have told Oxfam that a high number of civilians were injured during the offensive to retake the village earlier this week.
Failure to establish genuinely safe routes, prevent the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, and considerably scale up the humanitarian response could lead to catastrophic consequences for Mosul’s children and their families, as well as Iraq’s future.
More than 10 million people – half of them children – are in need of humanitarian assistance in Iraq, and 3.4 million people have been displaced by conflict. We are scaling our response to provide people feeling the fighting in Mosul with clean water, toilets and other vital aid. Help us reach more people.
Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians risk being caught in the crossfire as the Mosul offensive gets underway, with tens of thousands of people already forced from their homes due to the recent fighting.
International agency Oxfam today called on governments meeting at today's Iraq donor conference in Washington DC to generously fund both urgent efforts to help victims of ongoing violence and longer-term support to the country's road to recovery.
Oxfam and ActionAid have listened to hundreds of refugee and migrant women and men in Greece to understand why they fled their countries, what their immediate needs are, and what they plan to do next. Their situation is desperate, but also avoidable.
Oxfam has today suspended all of its operations in the Moria camp, on the Greek island of Lesvos, in response to the deteriorating treatment of migrants due to the recent deal struck between the EU and Turkey. The Greek authorities are transforming reception facilities into detention centers, where people will be held pending their mass return to Turkey.