In Mosul, Iraq, the United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF, is appealing for $17 million to rebuild the city’s healthcare system, which was left devastated last year after the U.S.-led coalition battled for over nine months to capture the city from the self-proclaimed Islamic State. This is UNICEF’s Iraq representative, Peter Hawkins.
Peter Hawkins: “This city, this is part of the hospital as we see it today. It was completely flattened. There are parts of the hospital that remain more or less intact, but gutted. Nothing. No health services for the children of Mosul, a population now of probably about 1.6 million.”
An AP investigation found as many as 11,000 civilians were killed in the U.S.-led coalition’s assault on Mosul.