Lutheran World Relief is carrying out psychosocial counseling and recovery support in this area, where as many as 4,000 civilians perished, 900,000 fled, 30,000 IS militants were killed and more than 90 percent of houses and buildings are dust and debris.
“So many survivors and refugees were physically hurt,” says Basil Yousif, an aid worker with Lutheran World Relief's local Iraqi partner. “All of them were emotionally harmed.”
The atrocities the population of Mosul has witnessed, and been subjected to, have taken a toll on the people here. In order for West Mosul to move forward, it first must learn to grapple with where it's been.
To help, Lutheran World Relief is supporting two community centers in the heart of West Mosul's ruins that go by the name "I Am Safe," translated from Arabic.
And, indeed, within the walls of these centers, staff and volunteers work hard to ensure the people it serves feel safe to heal.