Aid & Development

Local authorities lead campaign to clear streets of east Mosul of debris

Iraq

In east Mosul, local authorities have begun campaigns to clean the streets of the city from debris and waste. The campaign was launched under the auspice of the Governor of Nineveh Province.

A large-scale cleaning campaign was recently implemented in the areas of Maysan, Rashidiyah and Sadah in the eastern areas of the city of Mosul. 90 tons of waste and 45 tons of debris have so far been cleared from the streets under the orders of the Governor of Nineveh.

The local news outlet Sama al-Mosul also called on residents to cooperate and prevent the build up of waste in the city.

“We call on our brothers and fellow countrymen to not throw waste around, but rather to throw it away in areas marked for waste. We are working with staff from the municipality in order to improve the image of our city and to serve the public interest.”

The city of Mosul, which was the epicentre of ISIS rule from 2014-2017 and the de facto capital of the terrorist group’s so-called “Islamic State, was fully liberated in July 2017 by the Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) and its allies. However, the eastern parts of the city were liberated beforehand in early 2017 and so reconstruction work in those areas had begun earlier, although progress has been very gradual.

Much of the focus with regards to reconstruction and rehabilitation since the liberation has been on western Mosul, since it was home to the primary base of ISIS in the Old City and al-Nuri Mosque, from where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi had proclaimed the so-called caliphate.

Nevertheless, eastern Mosul has seen improvements over the past year or as life has begun to return to normal.

Since that time, markets have reopened and people are once again working freely to earn an income. Young people have also taken up artistic and academic professions that were previously forbidden under the militant group.

Across the city, young activists have been organising events and initiatives to revive interest in Mosul’s rich cultural history.