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Despite danger, Samaritan's Purse continues work in war-torn Mosul

(Photo courtesy Samaritan's Purse) (Photo courtesy Samaritan's Purse)

This week, the UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq said "Civilians in Mosul face incredible, terrifying risks." That reality is enough to make most people run away. But Samaritan's Purse continues to do the opposite in the war-torn city. 

Over a grainy Skype signal, WBTV spoke with Tim Mosher, Medical Director of the Emergency Field Hospital, Samaritan's Purse has built on the outskirts of Mosul.

"For most of us, I think the impact is when we go home and when we lay down at nighttime and think about it a little," Mosher said. 


The people Mosher sees fill the beds of their hospital from day to day are innocent pawns of the Islamic State.

"We all struggle with seeing so many children damaged. We're seeing a lot of arm and leg damage and amputations," he said. 

Mosher is a retired firefighter and paramedic. He along with 50 other personnel have traded what's comfortable for one of the most dangerous places on the planet.

"They're pretty horrific injuries, explosive injuries, penetrating injuries from shrapnel, bullets. The evil that's being done on people who are innocent is what's particularly difficult," he said. 

For every person Samaritan's Purse treats, there are hundreds of thousands more they can't access who are barricaded in Western Mosul's Old City.

"Estimate there's still 300,000 people still trapped. In fact, we're hearing more and more that ISIS is actually keeping them from escaping, and if they try they shoot them with mortars," Mosher said. 

The field hospital is protected. It sits barricaded behind high walls and has yet to experience any security issues. Mosher says it's easy to get complacent. But the reality isn't far away. 

"We did have a reminder a couple hours ago. The local security forces detonated a suicide vest they found in a local tunnel about a mile from here," he said. 

No matter how seasoned a person is, consuming Mosul's atrocities day after day can take its toll. But Mosher says his calling is well worth it.

"It's an amazing impact we're having on people, not just on their bodies, but on their souls," he said. 

Samaritan's Purse is also working in two refugee camps between Mosul and Erbil. New personnel are being switched in and out of the country constantly.

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