September 21st, 2017-The Iraqi army launched an offensive to liberate Hawija, one of the last ISIS strongholds in Iraq. Food and water was running out so many children were suffering from malnutrition. Families were faced with the choice of remaining in the midst of the battle or risk being shot by snipers as they tried to escape.
Those who managed to flee had to travel through the minefields in order to cross the river to safety. Our team waited with an ambulance at the muster point to provide emergency medical aid for the children who were suffering from severe dehydration in temperatures of 35 degrees.
Amongst the children were many Yazidis who may have been separated from their families during the battle or kidnapped by ISIS militants and then sold on. Road to Peace is leading a campaign to try and find these children who are lost in camps and orphanages across Iraq.
Road to Peace Paediatric Unit Dibis Camp
We opened an emergency paediatric unit in a container at the screening camp in Dibis where we treated over 100 children every day. Some had snakebites or scorpion stings or needed treatment for infections, scabies or dehydration and we treated many babies who were suffering from severe malnutrition. We worked in affiliation with MedAir who provided paediatric medicines and equipment for hundreds of children.