UN Provides Food and Aid to 42,000 People in Eastern Mosul

Iraqi civilians, who fled fighting in the city of Mosul, walk lit up by Iraqi special forces armoured vehicles, as they head to camps housing displaced people on November 2, 2016 in Bazwaia, Iraq. Photo: UNICEF
Iraqi civilians, who fled fighting in the city of Mosul, walk lit up by Iraqi special forces armoured vehicles, as they head to camps housing displaced people on November 2, 2016 in Bazwaia, Iraq. Photo: UNICEF

In the single largest humanitarian aid delivery in eastern Mosul since the current conflict began, the World Food Programme (WFP), UNICEF, and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) have provided food, dignity kits, water purification tablets, jerry cans, baby hygiene kits and more for 42,000 people in eastern Mosul.

For the first time in over two weeks, security conditions have allowed humanitarian agencies to reach families living in the suburbs of eastern Mosul, many of whom are in desperate need of assistance.

As part of the interagency operation, WFP provided ready-to-eat food rations to meet the immediate food needs for six days for people living in eastern Mosul.

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UNFPA provided dignity kits for women, and UNICEF delivered one month’s supply of water purification tablets, high energy biscuits, jerry cans, baby hygiene kits, and leaflets with information on child protection and basic mine awareness.

The distribution took eight hours to safely gather families and provide them with food and humanitarian supplies.

“Access and security are the biggest concerns facing the entire humanitarian community trying to assist families affected by the conflict,” said Sally Haydock, country director and WFP representative in Iraq. “WFP knows food is running out inside Mosul, and being able to assist so many families in need in eastern Mosul is a great relief.”

WFP is the world’s leading humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.

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