Mosul Neighborhood Snapshot: Al Karamah - 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 6th.


  • Livelihoods and job opportunities are identified as the top priority need for this neighborhood.

  • Access to clean drinking water is a priority need. Al-Karamah residents are currently drinking water from unprotected boreholes.

  • Other priority needs are additional WASH services, Electricity, Medical care and Education services.  Markets are functioning and food, water, NFIs and other goods are present in the market.
    However, a lack of cash and lack of income make these goods unavailable to most.

  • Residents report no government nor NGO assistance at the present time.

Situation Overview

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 fighting only 4 kilometers away, inhabitants still fear a resurgence of armed violence. Key informants report that the neighborhood has not been cleared of IEDs/UXOs. Despite this, residents express a strong intention to remain in Mosul and move forward with their recovery.

Local leadership: Key informants report that local leadership is held by Mukhtars appointed by the local community, this system is reported to be moderately functional as well as representative and trusted.