Orphans of War
Iraq’s Forgotten Casualties
Iraqi city of Mosul was freed from the grip of the so-called Islamic State but the victory came at a huge cost. Tens of thousands of children lost their parents under Islamic State rule or the battle against it.
But unlike the government soldiers who fought those battles, who are honored with memorials in almost every town, these children are at risk of being forgotten casualties of the war. The Iraqi state has few resources for these victims, and the country’s ravaged communities, still scrambling to rebuild basic services like health care and electricity, are too overwhelmed to handle the orphans’ needs.