FORCED INTO THE DESERT BY FIGHTING
Forced out by crossfire and the threat of chemical weapons, families fleeing Mosul desperately need shelter and safety. Help us be there to give them the safety and protection that ShelterBox aid can provide.
For the last two years, Islamic State has had a tight grip on the city of Mosul, Iraq. On Monday October 17, Iraqi security forces, along with Kurdish and Tribal forces and support from the US, began a military offensive to retake the city.
While this fighting could signal a massive change in the war, thousands of families have been left in the crossfire. Military assaults are happening all over the city, especially in densely populated areas, and the threat of chemical warfare hangs heavy in the air.
In the midst of this chaos, the residents of Mosul are looking for an escape. Already more than 161,000 are displaced as a result of the conflict that began in October, but this could turn into hundreds of thousands - even a million.
Biggest crisis the country has ever seen
The decision to flee is a brutal one. Between the unimaginable horrors of Islamic State rule and the country's borders lie miles of desert, harsh storms and bitterly cold night. This could be the biggest humanitarian crisis the country has seen.
We have to be there, not just to provide physical shelter, but safety and protection after years of suffering.
We cannot fail these families
ShelterBox is poised to help families displaced from Mosul and one of our dedicated ShelterBox response teams is on the ground now, working hard to provide shelter. Almost 500 of our sturdy ShelterBox tents have just arrived in the country, with another 1,500 on the way, but we need more. We have to be prepared. We cannot greet these families with empty hands.
Please help us reach them - before it's too late.
HOW YOUR DONATION WILL HELP
Your donation will help people feel safe amidst the chaos by giving them a ShelterKit with all the essentials they need.
Tough, durable tarpaulins can be used to make a waterproof shelter next to any remaining wall.
Mattresses and blankets give people somewhere warm and comfortable to sleep.
Solar lamps and water carriers help to make daily life a little easier and much safer.
Everything is easy to carry so if a family needs to move and find shelter elsewhere it can be taken with them.
Two-year old Jyan and her family left their home when she was just a baby. Their new home has been strengthened with the help of a ShelterKit.
ON THE GROUND, RESPONDING NOW
We have been working in Iraq since 2012, supporting people fleeing from conflict both in Iraq and Syria.
We're working in the country right now, helping families who need our help today, along with those who will need it tomorrow.
ShelterBox response team member Rachel Harvey reports from Seje in Northern Iraq on our work with fellow aid agency ACTED to make unfinished houses weatherproof for families on the run from Islamic State.