Emergency Relief / by Derek Huber

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For over two years, Iraq's second largest city (Mosul) was occupied by the Islamic State.

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Caught in the middle of the conflict, the majority of civilians were forced to flee in order to avoid airstrikes, drone attacks, mortars, and IEDs. Hundreds of thousands sought refuge in IDP camps or in the homes of family members and neighbors.

As a local NGO, CNSF was well positioned to provide emergency relief and has been delivering food, water, kerosene, blankets to the people of Mosul since the start of the offensive at the end of October 2016.

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All of our work in Mosul is conducted by our local field team, who operate from our Mosul warehousing facilities. Formal trainings and on-the-job learning opportunities- combined with local knowledge and expertise- have enabled them to operate under extremely challenging circumstances.

We distribute food, water, shelter and non-food items in hard-to-reach urban and rural areas. Our team are able to mobilize quickly in order to identify at-risk individuals isolated from other forms of support.

Now that the fighting has ceased in Mosul we are focused on distributing equipment to help those who are returning to their homes, while also looking at ways in which we can offer support in other areas where the conflict is ongoing.