NEW YORK, USA—If the Mosul operation starts today, we are not ready, Lise Grande, the Deputy Special Representative of the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq, told Rudaw.
“It is not the question of a few camps. Literally we are talking about tens, hundreds of camps that have to be built,” she said, “and they have to be built quickly because we all know the Mosul operation is likely to happen in just the next few weeks.”
Grande praised the “realistic approach” of the Kurdistan Regional Government that aims to house families fleeing Mosul as close to the city as possible so that when the military operation is over, it is easier for them to go back to their homes.
Grande, who also serves as the UN Resident Coordinator and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, said that if UN agencies receive the funds that have been pledged, it may be possible to be ready for the Mosul operation.
In the worst case scenario, the UN is expecting as many as one million people to flee their homes, and out of that number at least 700,000 people may need shelter.
Half of those may flee southwards towards the newly liberated areas of Qayyara and Shirgat, Grande said.