The continuing conflict in Iraq has brought destruction to many areas of the country. It also has had an extreme cost for families and children, as well.

    The United Nations Children's Fund, or UNICEF, says fighting has displaced more than 1.5 million children in the last three years.

    Their stories are hard to hear.

    Zamin Makhool is 28 years old. Last December, she lost two of her children in an airstrike in her neighborhood. An explosive struck her home, leaving it a pile of wreckage. It left a hole three meters deep.
    Zamin Makhool现年28岁。去年12月,她所在街区发生的一场空袭让她失去了两个孩子。一枚炸弹击中了她的房子,把房子炸成废墟,只留下了一个3米深的大洞。

    Her four-year-old son and nine-month-old daughter died. Her son died while playing with his "spinning top" toy, she says. Her baby daughter was crushed in the collapsed house.

    The attack took place at a time when Islamic State militants controlled the neighborhood.

    Since 2014, UNICEF says more than 1,000 children have been killed in Iraq. The organization says Islamic State militants claimed territory -- including Mosul and other cities -- during that period.

    Peter Hawkins is a UNICEF representative in Iraq. He said in a statement that, "Across Iraq, children continue to witness sheer horror and unimaginable violence."
    彼得·霍金斯(Peter Hawkins)是联合国儿童基金会驻伊拉克代表。他在一份声明中表示:“儿童在伊拉克各地继续目睹严重恐怖和无法想象的暴力。”

    Families risk lives when fleeing militant controlled areas

    The fighting continues in Mosul's Old City, the last place in Mosul where Islamic State still holds power.

    Several families recently arrived at a field hospital near the Old City neighborhood to seek treatment.

    One mother brought her baby, Saja, who is one year old. She told the doctors that the child had not been fed enough for months. The doctors tried to inject nutrients into her bloodstream with a needle.

    "Even the families of militants are trying to flee the Old City now," said the child's mother. "It's too dangerous."

    One day before she came to the hospital, she said, militants had heard that her family was planning to run away. They shot her husband in their house. She then took her children and fled the neighborhood.

    UNICEF and fleeing civilians say militants are killing parents and children. They also are preventing families from fleeing and punishing ones that do.

    Mortars, airstrikes and so-called improvised explosive devices are harming children and adults. But starvation and disease are greater threats to children.

    Poor conditions exist at camps for displaced

    Conditions for those displaced by conflict are extremely difficult. Families have gathered in refugee camps in the desert areas surrounding Mosul. Temperatures during the day can reach 40 degrees Celsius in the summer.

    Living conditions in the camps in Iraqi-controlled Mosul are poor, with bad food and dirty water. There is also a lack of health care.

    Major Mohammad Hassan Abdullah is a medical doctor with the Iraqi Army. He works at a field clinic near the front lines.
    穆罕默德·哈桑·阿卜杜拉(Mohammad Hassan Abdullah)少校是伊拉克军队的一名医生。他在靠近前线的一所野战医疗所上班。

    "We have 500 to 600 people coming every day, mostly babies and elderly people," he said. "The problem could nearly be solved with clean water."

    Zamin Makhool has one daughter still living. The family lives in a refugee camp. She says they get their food from non-governmental organizations. But food does not come every day.
    Zamin Makhool还有一个女儿还活着。这家人住在难民营。她说,他们通过非政府组织得到食物。但是食物不是每天都有。

    Makhool's husband, Ibrahim, says violence against children will continue as long as Islamic State militants hold territory in Iraq.

    Ibrahim says he was trying to sell his car when the family's two young children were killed in the airstrike. The target of the attack was likely nearby Islamic State bases, or a house next door where militants were living.

    "It wasn't a mistake that airstrikes hit our neighborhood," Ibrahim Makhool said as he showed a picture of his destroyed home. "There were three IS (Islamic State) bases in the area."
    易卜拉欣·马库克(Ibrahim Makhool)一边展示他被毁坏的房子的照片一边说:“空袭击中我们街区并非是一个错误,该地区有三处伊斯兰国基地。”

    "They live between families to try to stay safe," he said. "Then when we are hit, they move on."

    I'm Mario Ritter.