The Battle in Mosul Continues
Samaritan's Purse is treating the injured and providing relief to those displaced by conflict
Samaritan’s Purse is now receiving patients at our emergency field hospital on Iraq's Plains of Nineveh. Treating those injured during the conflict between Iraqi Security Forces and ISIS terrorists in Mosul, our hospital is prepared to care for adults and children injured by gunfire, land mines, mortar rounds, car bombings, and improvised explosives.
Christian medical personnel are urgently needed to staff the hospital for deployments of three weeks or longer. Particular needs include trauma/general surgeons, anesthesiologists, emergency medicine physicians, operating room nurses, intensive care unit nurses, surgical technicians, and operating room sterilization staff. 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.
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 160,000 people have been displaced, about half of whom are children.
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 nearly 1,800 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.
In addition to food items, we have 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 now free of ISIS control. We are helping these families in various ways as well.
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.