The Chechen girl, whose gave her name as Khadija, told medics treating her that her father had become a “shahid” or martyr.
“She is now an orphan,” one doctor said.
In the past three days, Unicef, the children’s charity, said it has seen an increase in the number of unaccompanied children arriving at medical facilities. Some babies brought in have been found alone in the debris.
“Some children continue to suffer in the pockets of violence that persist in the old part of west Mosul. One doctor we spoke to told us that infants as young as one week old, children and mothers were emerging wounded and covered in dust and soil, some were malnourished,” said Hamida Ramadhani, Unicef’s deputy representative in Iraq.
“Although the battle for Mosul is coming to an end, children’s deep physical and mental scars will take time to heal. Some 650,000 boys and girls, who have lived through the nightmare of violence in Mosul, have paid a terrible price and endured many horrors over the past three years.”