Bringing Relief in Mosul

Samaritan’s Purse is treating the injured and providing relief to those displaced by conflict

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Samaritan’s Purse is caring for critically injured children and adults at our emergency field hospital on the Plains of Nineveh in Iraq. Our hospital is prepared to treat patients injured by gunfire, land mines, mortar rounds, car bombings, and improvised explosives as the conflict between coalition/Iraqi Security Forces and ISIS terrorists continues in western Mosul. 

Our Mosul response to date

    • Eight months in to the Iraqi military offensive to free Mosul from ISIS control, approximately 680,000 people have been displaced, about half of whom are children
    • Some have been able to return to their villages, and other remain in evacuee camps
    • In partnership with the Iraqi Ministry of Health, we’ve established an emergency field hospital. Here we are treating a high number of casualties; specifically people who it is likely would not survive the one to two hour drive to the next nearest hospital. Read more about the field hospital here.
    • In partnership with World Food Programme we’re continuing to provide food to over 130,000 people
    • We are also supplying water, sanitation and hygiene packs, tarpaulins, cooking kits, blankets and other life-saving aid
    • We’ve created nutrition programmes in the evacuee camps, focusing on malnourished children and babies
    • We’ve created a Child Friendly Spaces programme to help children worst affected by ISIS atrocities to recover, and relearn healthy outlooks.

Our Child Friendly Spaces programme is restoring hope and well being to children who have witnessed atrocities by ISIS

Children are taught values such as kindness, peace and patience


Caring for the injured

Samaritan’s Purse’s emergency field hospital has served for four months since it was established on Iraq’s Plains of Nineveh. Equipped with an emergency room, two operating rooms, more than 50 beds, and dozens of staff, our facility provides immediate medical care and surgical aid for patients who otherwise may lose their lives before they can reach the nearest established medical centre in Erbil; one to two hours away. Our hospital is the closest trauma centre to front-line fighting and is operated in partnership with the Iraqi Ministry of Health. The hospital is caring for adults and children injured by gunfire, land mines, mortar rounds, car bombings, and improvised explosives. Our revolving medical team comprised of nationals and expatriates has treated more than 1,900 patients, many of whom are women and children. Over 1,000 major surgeries have been performed since the hospital’s opening in early January.

Many of the patients we treat are children, who have suffered life-changing injuries due to ISIS attacks.

Christian medical personnel, are urgently needed for this ongoing response. Particular needs include trauma/general surgeons, anaesthetists, emergency medicine physicians, operating room nurses, intensive care unit nurses, surgical technicians, and operating room sterilisation staff.  Click here to learn more about serving on our Disaster Assistance Response Team in Iraq.

More about our work in Iraq

Samaritan’s Purse continues to provide physical and spiritual relief to the people of northern Iraq in other ways as well. In partnership with the World Food Programme, we have distributed over 3,100 metric tons of food to thousands of families in six evacuee camps. These monthly rations of salt, sugar, cooking oil, chickpeas, rice, flour, and beans provide much needed sustenance to those who have left nearly everything to flee for their lives. We have also distributed cook stoves to give the displaced a means to turn their staples into meals as well as jerry cans for their stove fuel. As the Mosul refugees endured freezing winter temperatures, we provided over 7,500 tarpaulins, and over 33,000 blankets.

More than 13,000 children have been screened for malnutrition

In addition to food items, we have given out medicine, clothing and shoes to those displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas. Some who were displaced in 2014 when ISIS first invaded the region are now returning to villages now free of ISIS control. We are helping these families in various ways as well. In addition, we provide water, sanitation, and hygiene services in several camps and transit stations for the displaced. We also offer nutritional services to these families as well. Recently during the course of one week, our team made 1,000 home visits to address health needs and screened more than 700 children for malnutrition. More than 13,000 children have received such screening in total. Over 12,000 women have received skilled breastfeeding support since our nutritional programming began in October 2016.

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Our current response builds on nearly a decade of continuous work in northern Iraq. Children’s programs, medical care, and other projects for those displaced by ISIS have hallmarked our efforts to provide relief in Jesus’ Name. Our Christian presence is welcomed in Iraq as an agent of peace between conflicting Shi’a and Sunni Muslims.

An internal wall of our emergency field hospital

Please pray:

  • for our trauma hospital; for our medical team working to treat the many patients with life-threatening injuries, and for those they’re treating and their families to learn something of Jesus’ love through their time in our care
  • for our continuing efforts to provide relief—food, clean water, clothing, and more—to many tens of thousands of adults and children
  • for the humanitarian needs of those still trapped in western Mosul, as the conflict continues.

Iraqi people and our medical team share their experiences »

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UNOCHA statement

Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, attended our emergency field hospital dedication earlier this month. (Watch our hospital dedication.)

In January 16,000 children were able to go back to school in some of the eastern areas of Mosul. At the same time the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA) issued a press statement expressing deep concern about the plight of the civilians who are currently living in the western sections of the city where fighting is expected to start in coming weeks. The statement quoted Lise Grande, Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, as saying : ‘We hope that everything is done to protect the hundreds of thousands of people who are across the river in the west. We know that they are at extreme risk and we fear for their lives … The reports from inside western Mosul are distressing. Humanitarian partners are unable to access these areas but all the evidence points to a sharply deteriorating situation .’ (Read the full UNOCHA statement here.)


A Mosul widow talks to us from a relief camp »

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Your donation will provide emergency assistance to refugees in northern Iraq, including those currently fleeing the city of Mosul. Any funds remaining, after this response, will be used by Samaritan’s Purse to provide critical life-saving assistance in other/future international disaster situations.