A displaced child waits behind a fence after arriving at a People’s Mobilization Forces camp west of Mosul.
The report says almost 10% of Iraq’s children – more than 1.5 million – have been forced to flee their homes since the intensification of fighting. “The conflict is exposing children in Iraq to daily horrors. Unless addressed immediately, young minds, haunted by fear and hatred, could slip into a spiral of despair, darkness and a sense of helplessness. Learning, playing and aspiring to a more prosperous future will be a thing of the past.”
Up to 600,000 children are among the civilians who are trapped in Mosul, according to Save the Children. It is a critical moment to protect children and ensure safe escape routes for the roughly 1.5 million civilians, including 600,000 children, who are still trapped in the city, according to a statement from Save the Children. We can’t sit back and wait for a situation similar to the one in Aleppo can unfold, while there is still time to get your kids out of the war zone, says the chief of Save the Children’s work in Iraq, Maurizio Crivellaro. Iraqi Special Forces entered the outskirts of Mosul on Tuesday morning, but has met fierce resistance from IS.