Today is the 10th Anniversary of #WorldHumanitarianDay as declared by the United Nations, and this year honoring #WomenHumanitarians. Today we remember the hundreds and thousands of fearless women who overcome the limits imposed by security risks, hostile environments, social constraints, and unbelievable challenges in order to deliver aid, alleviate suffering, and make the world a better place. Let me start with our team in Mosul that serves war-affected women and children despite the suffering that they themselves had to endure… tireless, energy without equal, dedicated beyond measure. To this day we continue to operate the centre despite lack of funds and support. Above all, we celebrate the women of Mosul, who transitioned from victims to survivors to community organisers and humanitarians, helping to heal and rebuild their communities. May this day, and every day, be an occasion to commemorate the work of all women that helps to build a better world.
The people of Mosul face the overwhelming task of recovering from one of the worst humanitarian crises in history, wrought by a war of catastrophic proportions. The most vulnerable group that experiences tremendous suffering and receives little support are the children and young adults. War-injured, traumatized, having lost one or both parents, and deprived of the most basic coping mechanisms, they face the ordeal of recuperating from the unspeakable violence and human rights violations inflicted by ISIS. Today they struggle to survive in a city almost completely destroyed by war. The children and the women carry the burden of a terrible past.
We seek to establish structured responses and sustainable programs for children and their families/caregivers, in a place where little or no structured response is in place.
Our projects inside the Old City of Mosul aim to:
- Help war-affected children overcome emotional, mental, and physical trauma through psychosocial support and medical assistance.
- Respond to the needs of survivors of gender-based violence, particularly women, girls, and boys and enable them to recover, heal, and rebuild their lives and futures.
- Rebuild the social fabric of returnee and stayee communities through social cohesion projects.
- Guarantee access to knowledge through a community library in the city and outlying villages, with initial focus on Old Mosul.