The city was retaken from IS a year ago, yet the humanitarian crisis in Mosul still exists. The nine-month war to take back the city has led to its near total destruction and tens of thousands of casualties, and left great humanitarian suffering and a health crisis, especially, for children.
The children of Mosul are the first that suffered from the siege imposed by the Iraqi government, which lasted for three years, after IS invasion of the city in 2014, and caused a shortage of food, medication and lack of public healthcare services.
These children also suffered from heavy bombardment and shelling by Iraqi forces & militias backed by US-led airstrikes, during the military operation to reclaim their city from IS. The horrific massacres, barbaric bombardment, the intensity of the sound of explosions and the scenes of dead bodies and blood in the streets of the city, in addition to the bombs that destroyed the homes of the children scarred them and have had huge impacts on their mental health.