One year after Mosul was retaken from ISIS, thousands of people are still unable to return home as parts of the city remain severely damaged and lack running water or electricity.
Thousands more don’t feel safe to return to Mosul– including families whose houses have been completely destroyed in the fighting or may still have unexploded bombs.
Across the country more than two million people have yet to return to their homes.
The last days of fighting extensively damaged the Old City of Mosul and left it littered with unexploded bombs. The conflict also destroyed more than 3,000 houses, schools, and shops and damaged water networks. Today, the Old City of Mosul remains one of the last areas in the city without running water.
“Parts of Mosul have been completely destroyed. Reconstruction has started but rebuilding Iraq’s second largest city will take time,” said Andres Gonzalez, Oxfam’s Country Director in Iraq. “We must not just rebuild what was there before – we have to do better than that. We need to prioritize the most vulnerable people who lost everything in the battle against ISIS, young people who missed out on years of education, and women and men whose freedom was severely curtailed. For there to be stability and peace in Iraq everyone must be allowed to return home or set up a new home, rejoin society and have a stake in the future of the country.”
Oxfam is working in the Old City fixing the damaged water pipelines, repairing pumping stations, and providing water pipes and machinery to bring running water to the 130,000 people who have already returned.
“Alongside Iraqi authorities the international community should support projects that reduce poverty in Mosul and across Iraq,” said Abdulaziz Aljarba, Chief Executive of Oxfam’s partner Al Tahreer Association for Development. “Communities must be consulted in the rebuilding process to ensure the poorest and most vulnerable families benefit.”
Oxfam has been working in Mosul since the first parts of the city were retaken from ISIS in 2016 – repairing damaged water pipelines, pumping stations and school bathrooms, bringing back clean drinking water to people returning home, and ensuring children can go back to clean and safe schools.