Volunteers and local authorities in Mosul are involved in a campaign to clean the Old City and facilitate the return of IDPs.
The Old City of Mosul still shows vivid remnants of the war on ISIS before the liberation of the city, which was claimed by the terrorist group to be its capital and central stronghold. The Old City was the very centre of this self-proclaimed capital and was the target of the final phase of the Iraqi Army’s operations to clear out ISIS from Mosul city. The area turned into a war zone for weeks and the devastation that was brought to the Old City is still visible today.
Piles of rubble and debris, dilapidated buildings, unexploded mines strewn across the streets and in booby-trapped buildings, burned cars, and ditches dug up by ISIS militants are the consequences of the terrorist group’s presence in Mosul. Volunteers and the local authorities have been attempting to clear up the Old City since its liberation by the Iraqi forces.
A major campaign launched by the local government of Nineveh and supported by the Popular Mobilisation Units (PMU) is aimed at rehabilitating the Old City to make way for the return of displaced people who are still stranded in IDP camps dispersed throughout Iraq. The local government and the PMU are offering the use of the equipment and machines they have at their disposal.
It has been estimated that there are more than 3 million cubic metres of debris in Western Mosul, where the Old City is located. The units working to clean the city have supposedly managed to clear 2 million cubic metres of the debris, 365 cubic metres of garbage, 7,500 burned cars, as well as thousands of ditches that have proven to act as obstacles for those who wish to return to their homes.
Young people in Mosul have also recently launched a campaign called “The $2 Campaign” with the aim of cooperating with local residents to assist in the reconstruction of the city. The campaign is calling for charitable people to donate just $2 to cover the costs of clearing the debris and rubble that has come to cover the streets of Mosul.
Local authorities are also cooperating with international organisations, such as the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), to restore the infrastructure of the city.