Erbil – The Iraqi Air Force on Thursday air dropped four million letters to the long-suffering residents of Mosul, to encourage and support them while they await liberation from ISIS, as the operation to take Mosul enters its second month, the US-led coalition said in a statement.
The air drop is part of an initiative of The Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) initiative, under the banner ‘Letters to Mosul’. IWPR digitally launched their campaign on Oct. 17, 2016, the same day as the operation to recapture the city of Mosul began. They photocopied and distributed 2,160 hand written letters to the people still held captive by ISIS.
The letters of empathy and support for Mosul residents were written by Iraqis from all over the country. “This initiative by the people of Iraq reassures the residents of Mosul, held hostage by ISIS for more than two years, that they have not been forgotten and that the rest of Iraq is standing with them, waiting to welcome them back in solidarity when ISIS is defeated,” the coalition said.
The operations have been going on for more than two months to capture Iraq’s second largest city, which has been under ISIS control since June 2014.
“To our dear people, fathers, mothers, brothers and sisters, we are with you in everything and our hearts to you, and we feel what you feel of cold, hunger, and the harshness of days and you should be patient and endured that victory is close, God willing, what remained little but hold on to advocate Mosul,” one letter from a daughter from Anbar said.
“We ask you that you keep on your faith with God because he is alone capable of that removes this ordeal and to relieve you, your concerns and always night comes after day, God willing, your sun will shine and we will see the smile and joy on your faces and in the near, we will embrace each other and join each other and return Mosul to Iraq,” the letter added.
Another letter promised swift liberation. “Dear Mosul you will be liberated soon by our heroes Our people in Mosul, we are with you in our hearts and souls, I do not find the right words to express to you but do not forget you are part of Iraq, and we will not abandon you, no matter how grown enemies. Victory will come soon, God willing. PMF, ISF, and Peshmerga are coming,” another letter said.
“You will liberate Mosul by standing together as one hand. To who reads my letter if is from Mosul and its people, we want to say we love you, do not be sad nor afraid everything will end soon and if was one of ISF or PMF, we want to say you are our heroes our hope and you will liberate Mosul be strong,” the letter said.
“My city Mosul. My love and respect and appreciation to you my family. You have my respect and affection. You are part of us no matter what happens we will keep you in the heart. You folks of patience and endurance, and know that no matter what happens you stay at the heart and we will fight to free you, and Whatever happens don’t give up in life, we’re fighting for you,” another letter that was dropped on Mosul said.