>> Some were found alone and afraid among the rubble, others ran for their lives with the crowds of refugees fleeing the destroyed city. An ugly legacy of the battle for Mosul is the thousands of children that have been separated from their parents. Reuters, Angus MacSwan has been meeting families there.
>> In the battle for Mosul and the years of harsh Islamic state rule proceeded it. Thousands of children suffered all sorts of hardship and trauma. There were airstrikes, there was fighting, there was shortages of food and all sorts of general mayhem and chaos. Many of them lost their parents, sometimes those parents were killed and sometimes they just lost touch as they fled from fighting and scattered across the refugee camps and the outlying areas of the city.
>> Now, for aid groups, the complicated process of trying to find children's parents has begun. Nine year old Miriam lost her father for four months, they've just been reunited. Life is tough, squatting in an abandoned building, their home long destroyed in the fighting, but her father is just happy they're together.
Miriam is one of the success stories, UNICEF in this case, were able to help, but say the task ahead is enormous.>> We have got quite a number of children. It's very difficult to give accurate number. However, child protection agencies have recorded over 3,000 separated children and around 800 unaccompanied children.
>> The UN body says many children are traumatized. They need specialist services such as psychological counseling and mental healthcare. The Iraqi government lacks sufficient resources to handle the challenge.