MEDITATION OF WEEK
Photo : © UNHCR/Ivor Prickett
An estimated 100,000 civilians are effectively being held as human shields by ISIS fighters in West Mosul, where they are living in conditions of “penury and panic” without food, water or fuel. The battle to capture Mosul, Iraq’s second city, began nine months ago, and has since displaced 862,000 men, women and children from their homes. As Iraqi and coalition forces battle for the last neighbourhoods under militant control in West Mosul, they are meeting fierce resistance from ISIS fighters.
Favor respect for human rights and international humanitarian action.