As fighting continues in western Mosul between Iraqi Security Forces and ISIS militants, thousands are fleeing in their thousands every day in search of safer areas away from the battles.
Displaced Iraqis were transported by military forces to an access junction before undergoing security checks and moving on to displacement camps on the outskirts of the city. Many of the displaced are from the liberated neighbourhoods of Wadi Hajar, al-Mansour, al-Mamoon.
A woman who was fleeing the west of Mosul described the horrors of living under ISIS rule. “They attacked our house, forced us to wear veils and forced men to grow long beards,” she recalls. “They messed us around, they kept us hungry and thirsty. That’s how they made our situation.”
Iraq’s Ministry of Migration and Displaced announced on Thursday that over 150,000 civilians from Mosul have been forced to flee their homes due to the ongoing clashes.
The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) stated on Wednesday that the number of displaced stands at around 100,000, however this estimate includes fewer people living outside of camps.
Still trapped in western Mosul, approximately 600,000 people are believed to be neighbourhoods still under the control of ISIS militants, according to the IOM.