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Reference : V-F-CR-F-01749-N
Date : 16/03/2017
Country/Region : IRAQ
Title : Iraq : battle for Mosul causes massive destruction of everyday life
Duration : 00:04:47
Editor : FOULKES, Imogen
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Production company : ICRC
ICRC producer :
Production reference : AV614N
Description : The fight for Mosul is long, and bitter; civilians now have no choice but to flee. City streets are not supposed to be a battlefield: family homes, neighbourhood shops, schools, and clinics are in the line for fire. Retaking Mosul has made normal life impossible. It was hard for Fathi Yassin to make the decision to leave with his family, but in the end survival became his only priority.
Many families flee with nothing at all. The journey out of the city, once home to almost two million people, is terrifying for everyone. As Hosa Mushin explained, even if she and her family had had the luck to escape the bombing, the lack of food in Mosul meant they could not stay.
Humanitarian agencies like the International Committee of the Red Cross are doing everything they can to support people fleeing. Camps have been set up away from the fighting, there has been a massive scale up of aid to prepare for a humanitarian crisis everyone knew was coming. But the violent disruption of life is very hard, especially for the young.
The ICRC has provided food and emergency relief to 173,000 people including internally displaced people from Mosul, returnees, and host communities in the Nineveh governorate. But while food and safety are essential, they can never replace normal life. For the elderly especially, among them Ali Thanoun Ahmed, the yearning to regain his own life in his own home is strong.
But no one knows when the return home can happen. While they wait, children adapt, finding ways to play even in such difficult conditions. But they also dream of a very different future.
Children like Khalid should be able to realize their dreams. Humanitarian support: food, medicine and shelter, will allow Khalid to carry on dreaming. But only an end to the fighting will give him the chance to make his dream come true.
Original language : International soundtrack
English title : Iraq : battle for Mosul causes massive destruction of everyday life
Colour/B&W : colour
Resolution : 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio : 16/9
Original material/format : H264
Best material/format available : ProRes 422