UNICEF Responds to Mosul Crisis: Four Things You Need to Know

Above: Maryam, 10, sits on her brother's bicycle loaded with emergency supplies from a UNICEF-led aid convoy. 

Check back here regularly for the latest on Mosul: Rolling updates from UNICEF Iraq.

As the battle between coalition forces and ISIS intensifies in Mosul, more than half a million children and their families in the Iraqi city are facing extreme risks and hardship.

Keep Children Safe in Mosul Operation, UNICEF Says

NEW YORK (October 17, 2016) – More than half a million children and their families in Mosul will be at extreme risk in the coming weeks, UNICEF warned today as a military operation to retake the northern Iraqi city gets under way.

“Mosul’s children have already suffered immensely over the past two years. Many could be forcibly displaced, trapped between fighting lines, or caught in the cross fire,” said Peter Hawkins, UNICEF Representative in Iraq.

Going to School Turns Into a Nightmare for Aleppo’s Children

Radoslaw Rzehak is the chief of UNICEF's Aleppo field office. Previously, he worked as UNICEF's emergency coordinator in Ukraine.

At 8:30 a.m., I was starting my day in the office, logging into my computer when the sad news came in — a mortar struck children on their way to the Hatem Al Ta’i primary school.

Ecuador Earthquake: Six Months On, Many Children Still in Need of Aid

NEW YORK (October 16, 2016) – Six months after a major earthquake rocked Ecuador, meeting the needs of children still living in informal shelters and rural areas remains a significant challenge, UNICEF said today.

Some 8,800 people continue living in informal shelters, which lack adequate access to safe water and sanitation. In addition, local child protection services need to be strengthened, and many children still need help to overcome the fear that keeps them from attending school since the earthquake.