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Iraq: Slow reconstruction efforts hinder Mosul residents' return home

Iraq, Mosul
December 11, 2019 at 10:43 GMT +00:00 · Published

Residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul complained about slow government efforts to rebuild the urban area more than two years after it was retaken from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL). Footage filmed on Tuesday in the Old City shows miserable living conditions of one of the many families that were forced to choose between continuing to live in camps or returning to their destroyed houses.

"There is no reconstruction, the government is not paying any attention, whether on the central level or the unions, there isn't any [attention paid]. People want to return but their houses are destroyed, even the houses that did not get destroyed [not suitable for living], they gets flooded by rain. People are either living in camps or far away as living in here is very difficult," said Abbas Younis Majeed, a resident of Mosul.

Footage from Hammam Al-Alil camp south of Mosul shows women standing in line to sign up for assistance and children walking around the muddied streets of the camp.

IS took control of Mosul in June 2014, and Iraqi government forces recaptured the city in July 2017 after a nine-month battle. The heaviest fighting took place in the Old City, leaving many buildings, including its ancient churches and monasteries, in ruins.

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Residents of the Iraqi city of Mosul complained about slow government efforts to rebuild the urban area more than two years after it was retaken from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (IS; formerly ISIS/ISIL). Footage filmed on Tuesday in the Old City shows miserable living conditions of one of the many families that were forced to choose between continuing to live in camps or returning to their destroyed houses.

"There is no reconstruction, the government is not paying any attention, whether on the central level or the unions, there isn't any [attention paid]. People want to return but their houses are destroyed, even the houses that did not get destroyed [not suitable for living], they gets flooded by rain. People are either living in camps or far away as living in here is very difficult," said Abbas Younis Majeed, a resident of Mosul.

Footage from Hammam Al-Alil camp south of Mosul shows women standing in line to sign up for assistance and children walking around the muddied streets of the camp.

IS took control of Mosul in June 2014, and Iraqi government forces recaptured the city in July 2017 after a nine-month battle. The heaviest fighting took place in the Old City, leaving many buildings, including its ancient churches and monasteries, in ruins.

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