August 1, 2017
On 17 October 2016, the battle for Iraq second largest city Mosul began in order to recapture it from Islamic State. This military operation caused one of the largest humanitarian crises, leaving hundreds of thousands of families without the necessary means to subsistence, and forcing hundreds of thousands more to leave their homes in order to save their lives.
REACH, supported by several donors (Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe, Hungarian Interchurch Aid and Care International), was one of the organizations who provided quick response for displaced Mosul citizens in the first weeks of the conflict. Initially the project was designed to help Iraqi IDPs, who escaped from Mosul. During projects implementation (November 2016 - July 2017), some occupied villages in Mosul governorate were retaken, and IDPs started to come back to their homes to start new life. REACH decided to include returnees to the target group in order to support their livelihood.
The assistance consisted on the following components:
Distributions were taken place in Jaddah and Khazir camps in Ninewa Governorate, and in newly liberated villages of Mosul - Tlyara and Sumaqiya, in Qayara and Baybokh areas and in West Mosul, which are the most concentrated with the urban IDPs.
Community members and beneficiaries were given the opportunity to give feedback through monitoring forms and with the field monitors. Beneficiaries were able to voice any concerns directly to REACH staff during distributions and follow up visits.
This intervention was in line with the current Iraq response plan and REACH participated closely in the cluster meetings and worked to be sure that all of its projects fitted into the response plan outlined by UNOCHA.