Mosul Neighborhood Snapshot: Al Tahrir - February 9, 2017

Situation Report
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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 8th.


  • Access to clean drinking water is the top priority need. Al-Tahrir residents are currently drinking water from unprotected boreholes or relying on water trucking.

  • Livelihoods, Cash and job opportunities are identified as a top priority need for this neighborhood.

  • 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 limited NGO assistance in the form of in-kind food distribution 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: The key informants were unaware of any local leadership structure in their neighborhood. The Mukhtar system is in place but is not well known to the local community at this time.