Mosul Neighborhood Snapshot: Al Elam - March 17, 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 20th
WASH needs are deemed the top priority need by most informants, a reflection of the lack of access to clean drinking water for the neighborhood’s residents.
While markets and shops are functional, due to a lack of cash in households, very high unemployment, and a lack of available jobs, purchasing power is low/poor and food is listed as a top priority need of residents along with cash and jobs.
Informants note that access to electricity is one of the top priorities, with the current electrical network destroyed.
Informants report that some food and NFI assistance are being provided by the MoDM, a Kuwaiti Organization, UNICEF, WFP and unspecified national NGOs. However, these services are only covering a few of the needs of about a quarter of the residents.
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 continuing only 4km to the west, informants noted that most people still a fear of a resurgence of armed conflict within the neighborhood. The neighborhood has been reported to be decontaminated from UXOs and IEDs.
Local Leadership: Most Informants identify the local leadership structure as the Iraqi Army. This system is described as functional and moderately representative of the neighborhood. At the time of data collection, informants reported that there was no Mukhtar in the neighborhood