Mosul Neighborhood Snapshot: Al-Bakr - 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 limited and as a result access to food, NFIs and medical supplies is severely restricted.
Access to medical care and services in Al-Bakr is essentially non-existent, with informants stating this was the key priority within the neighborhood. Many residents are in need of assistance for injuries and wounds sustained during the fighting as well as during displacement.
Psychosocial support is greatly needed for both adults and children throughout the community due to severe trauma sustained before and during the conflict.
WASH needs within the neighborhood are also deemed critical, with no functioning water network, sewage system or solid waste system in place.
Informants noted that the only assistance that had been received within Al-Bakr has been from the Red Crescent, which had provided food and water assistance.
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 around 4km away, informants noted that there still is a fear of a resurgence of armed conflict within the neighborhood. However they did note that the neighborhood had been decontaminated for IEDs and UXOs.
Local Leadership: Within Al-Bakr, it was reported that the local leadership was set up by the local community, with a Mukhtar appointed by the community themselves. In addition to this Mukhtar, Religious leaders within this neighborhood play a role within local leadership. This local leadership structure was noted to be functional, representative and trusted.