Help for Those Affected in Mosul
Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq with almost three million inhabitants, was conquered by ISIS in the summer of 2014 and occupied for three years. During their regime, the citizens of Mosul were exposed to an extreme form of tyranny. When the Iraqi forces regained control of the city in late 2017, it was largely destroyed. Since 2018 we have been providing survivors in Mosul with medical treatment and psychological care.
The Consequences of the Terror in Mosul
Under ISIS occupation, the residents of Mosul were subjected to severe and systematic human rights violations. The crimes committed by the terrorist fighters include abductions and arbitrary detention, torture and inhuman punishment, mass executions, rape and sexual enslavement, as well as forced labor and the recruitment of child soldiers.
The months-long “Battle for Mosul” destroyed urban infrastructure, left the population physically and mentally traumatized, and resulted in most hospitals and health centers being destroyed or plundered. There are currently almost no opportunities for psychological care in the city.
Our Treatment Center in Mosul
In autumn 2018 we opened a treatment center in Mosul. People come to us who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety, depression or chronic pain. Our team provides them with medical and psychological treatment as well as social assistance and legal advice.
“We are already helping to reduce the suffering of some people in the city,” said Omer Taha, head of the new center. “Through us they get access to free medicines that they urgently need and otherwise could not afford. They can talk about the experiences during the ISIS occupation and the liberation war. Word of mouth is spreading more and more people seek help. However, our center also lacks the means to treat serious illnesses.”