Mosul Neighborhood Snapshot: Al Baladiyat - March 9th, 2017
This report was written by ACTED’s AME Unit to provide a snapshot of humanitarian needs and conditions in neighborhoods around Mosul. Data was collected via Key Informant and Observational tools by PIN on Feb 23rd.
Food was noted as the key need for the community with food security being hindered by a lack of sufficient access to staple foods in addition to low/poor purchasing power.
Informants note that access to electricity is one of the key priorities, with the current electrical network destroyed.
High unemployment levels coupled with a lack of access to cash means that residents are unable to purchase much needed items e.g. NFIs, medical supplies, water etc.
Informants report that some assistance is being received by the Ministry of Migration and Displacement in the form of food. However this is not sufficient in meeting the needs of the community.
The city of Mosul in northern Iraq has been under ISIS control since June 2014, this period has been characterized by repression and human rights abuses. As the last remaining ISIS stronghold in Iraq, the battle to retake Mosul began in October 2016 and Iraqi Security Forces and their allies have now successfully regained control of the section of the city east of the Tigris River. While military operations to regain control of the western portion of the city continue, humanitarian space in the eastern part of Mosul city is now opening up and there is access to provide humanitarian relief. With much of the city’s inhabitants having remained in the city during the battle or now returning, the provision of key services is vital to maintaining living standards, preventing the outbreak of disease and assisting on the path to recovery.
With active conflict only 5km to the west, informants noted that there still is a fear of a resurgence of armed conflict within the neighborhood, however the neighborhood has been reported to be decontaminated from UXOs and IEDs.
Local Leadership: The Host Community Mukhtar explained that the Iraqi Army made up the local leadership structure which they claimed was representative of the local community