Help Families Fleeing the Fighting in Mosul
Northern Iraq Projects - 013929

The Battle in Mosul Continues

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

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. To date, our revolving medical team comprised of nationals and over 250 expatriates has treated more than 1,900 patients, many of whom are women and children. More than 1,000 major surgeries have been performed since the hospital's opening in early January and the staff is currently averaging seven to eight of them per day.

Christian medical personnel are urgently needed to staff the hospital for deployments of three weeks or longer. Particular needs include trauma/general surgeons, emergency medicine physicians, operating room nurses, intensive care unit nurses, surgical technicians, and operating room sterilization staff. In addition, anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists are needed immediately. Learn more here.

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 center in Erbil, one to two hours away. Our hospital is the closest trauma center to frontline fighting and is operated in partnership with the Iraqi Ministry of Health.

Medical personnel are caring for patients with severe injuries at our field hospital.

Our field hospital in Iraq is now operational.

The hospital arrived in Iraq on Christmas Day via chartered 747 from Greensboro, North Carolina. The plane also brought 5,000 hygiene kits; 5,000 cooking kits (including cooking pots and serving utensils); and 400 rolls of shelter plastic to aid those who have fled from the fighting.

Since October 2016, when the Iraqi army and coalition forces began this offensive against ISIS, more than 411,000 people have been displaced, about half of whom are children. Iraqi forces secured eastern Mosul in January, and they have now booted ISIS from most of the western half as well. The last few hundred ISIS fighters are holed up in the Old City with many thousands of desperate civilians. Families have been shot trying to flee. Previously, ISIS resorted to using chemical weapons in their attempt to hold ground. The Emergency Field Hospital treated patients affected by these chemicals.

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 are distributing food to thousands of families in multiple evacuee camps. 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 hundreds of cook stoves to give the displaced a means to turn their staples into meals as well as thousands of jerrycans to transport their stove fuel. Food has also been provided to those returning to villages affected by the past two years of conflict. Samaritan's Purse has distributed more than 5,700 metric tons of food to over 15,000 households so far in this response.

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 kids have received such screening in total. Over 12,000 women have received skilled breastfeeding support since our nutritional programming began in October 2016.

We have also given out medicine, clothing, shoes, and blankets to those recently displaced from Mosul and surrounding areas. Some who were displaced in 2014 when ISIS first invaded the region are now returning to villages freed from ISIS control. We are helping these families in various ways as well.

Monthly food rations are critical for displaced families.

Iraqi children receiving food.

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.

Please pray for our trauma hospital to be a beacon of hope to the hurting and that the families of each person treated will experience God’s love. Pray also for our continuing efforts to provide relief—food, clean water, clothing, and more—to many tens of thousands of adults and children.