Mosul: Fear, hunger and disease increase as a result of ISIS rule

Although free from ISIS, Mosul citizens face a different type of hell as internally displaced peoples (IDPs).

There are many struggles that IDPs face, some are in search for lost family members, others seek psychological support for the trauma faced under ISIS, others need immediate medical attention. However, with such limited resources many IDPs are not getting the support they desperately need. Skin diseases and hepatitis are the most notable diseases to have spread among the people of Mosul triggering alarm among medical authorities.

According to the Iraqi Ministry of Health for Nineveh Province said that 90% of Mosul’s displaced need immediate treatment for serious diseases, including infectious diseases. The officials of the organisation say any of the displaced face a variety of diseases that they are not able to treat without external assistance.

The situation is not helped by the destruction of infrastructure and facilities by ISIS militants. Across the liberated areas, hospitals have been set on fire, water pipelines destroyed, wells polluted and electricity infrastructure looted or otherwise destroyed. Such scarcities have not only prevented those ill and injured from receiving the proper treatment, they have also led to hygiene levels deteriorating quickly, contributing to further increase in infectious diseases.

Conditions are tough for IDPs, some have died in the United Nations refugee camps which has raised serious concerns by the international community. Food and aid are in desperately short supply.