With the generous support of Australian donors, UNHCR has so far provided 78,800 tents to keep Iraqi families warm and safe as winter approaches and temperatures drop below freezing. UNHCR has also distributed 34,000 life-sustaining relief kits containing blankets, mattresses, cooking stoves and rechargeable solar lights.

More than 54,000 people have fled Mosul since mid-October, when Iraqi Government forces launched a major offensive to retake the city. These numbers are rising sharply as the battle intensifies.

Six camps have now been prepared to receive up to 354,000 people, with more underway. As displacement grows, UNHCR is in urgent need of support from donors as operations remain 43% underfunded.

A mother and child embrace as they arrive at Zelikan camp in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. They were among the first people to reach the camp when the military operation in Mosul began. One in five families in the camps is headed by a woman, and many have endured brutal conditions under extremist rule. Most school-age children have been out of school for two years.
© UNHCR/ R. Rasheed

A young boy from Gogjali on the Eastern outskirts of Mosul arrives exhausted at Khazir camp in Kurdish controlled Iraq. He had walked more than 70 kilometres to safety.
© UNHCR/ I Prickett

Iraqis from the eastern districts of Mosul warm themselves beside a fire at Hasansham camp. UNHCR opened the new camp to help accommodate 8,000 people who fled from Mosul in a single day in early November.
© UNHCR/ I Prickett

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