Mosul Neighborhood Snapshot: Audn - February 9, 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 on Feb 7th.
Due to a lack of access to cash, purchasing power is extremely low and as a result access to food, NFIs and hygiene products is severely restricted.
Food was deemed the top priority by informants. With shops and markets within the neighborhood offering staple items and other consumables, the lack of available cash is the greatest hindrance to food security.
Access to medical care and services is low in Audn, with many residents in need of assistance for injuries and wounds sustained during the fighting as well as during displacement. In addition, psychosocial support is greatly needed for both adults and children throughout the neighborhood due to trauma sustained before and during the conflict.
Informants noted that no assistance has been provided by international nor national organizations at the present time.
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 4km to the west, informants noted that there still is a fear of a resurgence of armed conflict within the neighborhood, in addition to the neighborhood not yet being decontaminated from UXOs and IEDs.
Local Leadership: Within Audn, it was reported that the local leadership was set up by the local community, with Mukhtars appointed by the community themselves. However it was additionally reported that the Mukhtar for Audn had recently been killed, so they are without one for the present moment. This local leadership structure was noted to be functional, representative and trusted.