Oxfam spokespeople available for interview 6 months on from start of Mosul offensive

Emergencies, Humanitarian Advocacy, Media Releases, News article written on the 16 Apr 2017

Tom Robinson, Oxfam’s emergency team lead in Iraq, is available for interviews from Erbil. He is part of a team who are rehabilitating a water plant to bring drinking water to the residents still living in western Mosul.

Over 320,000 people have fled Mosul and surrounding areas since the offensive began on the 17 October. Many more people are expected in the coming weeks. But hundreds of thousands of people have remained.

Robinson said: “Oxfam is starting work in the newly accessible areas in western Mosul where civilians are living in extremely challenging conditions. There is a desperate need for food and water. Access to basic services is extremely limited.”

“Many people are still trapped in western Mosul and Oxfam is deeply worried about them. Those who have managed to flee are dehydrated, exhausted, hungry, and disoriented.”

Oxfam urges all armed groups to provide genuinely safe escape routes and avoid the use of heavy explosive weapons in populated areas, taking all possible measures to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure, like hospitals.

Donations to support Oxfam’s emergency responses in Iraq and around the world can be made online at oxfam.org.au/iraq or by calling 1800 034 034.

For interviews, please contact Dylan Quinnell on 0450 668 350 or dylanq@oxfam.org.au, or in Erbil, Iraq, Amy Christian is on +964 (0) 751 224 8917, +964 (0) 751 138 4694 or achristian@oxfam.org.uk

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Oxfam is currently rehabilitating one of the only accessible water plants to allow water trucking into accessible neighbourhoods of western Mosul, which will reach tens of thousands of people.

Oxfam has stocks positioned to help meet the immediate needs of families who have fled. It is providing clean water and other vital aid to people.

Oxfam has reached 190,000 people during the response in Mosul.