Humanitarians in Crisis: Lessons from the Battle for Mosul, Iraq
The Battle of Mosul was one of the largest urban sieges since World War II. From October 2016 and July 2017, Iraqi and Kurdish forces fought to retake Iraq’s second largest city, which had fallen to ISIL in 2014. They were backed by U.S.-led coalition forces. More than 940,000 civilians fled during the siege, and thousands were injured as they sought safety.
Paul H. Wise, MD, MPH
Professor of Pediatrics, Director, Center for Policy, Outcomes, and Prevention, and Richard E. Behrman Professor of Child Health and Society, Stanford University
Paul H Wise, Richard E. Behrman Professor of Child Health and Society, Professor of Pediatrics, and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies, was part of a small team tasked to evaluate the health response to the fighting in Mosul. Their report has raised serious questions regarding the continued utility of traditional humanitarian health responses to violent conflict. This presentation will convey the findings of the report and the profound challenges the lessons of Mosul have generated for physicians, humanitarians, and war-fighters around the world.
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