Aid & Development

Iraq: Campaign removing debris from homes near Mosul gives hope to residents


Nineveh’s humanitarian relief organisation undertook a project to remove rubble in Bartella, Karemlesh, and Bakhdida, which are located southeast of Mosul, Iraq.

The Nineveh Humanitarian Relief Organisation has organised a campaign in conjunction with international organisations to clear rubble from houses near Mosul in northern Iraq.

Many of these houses succumbed to major damage during the conflict against ISIS, with homes and sites in and around Mosul hit particularly hard during the group’s reign.

The Organisation’s work is also taking place alongside assistance from the reconstruction committees in the towns of Bartella, Karamlesh and Bakhdida, which are all located southeast of Mosul.

“Two and a half years after the liberation of the city of Hamdaniya, Nineveh’s humanitarian relief organisation decided to remove the rubble of houses damaged by the military operations,” said the organisation’s president Johanna Youssef. “The presence of these ruins instilled resentment in many citizens and caused the spread of diseases.”

“In addition, there is full cooperation with the church committees. The work started first in Karemlesh then Qaraqosh and Bartella where we removed the rubble from the Shabak houses,” referring to the Shabak ethno-religious minority group.

The reconstruction of homes in this area, known as the Nineveh Plains, once a diverse region where numerous ethno-religious minorities once lived before ISIS’ assault into northern Iraq, is aimed at facilitating the return of families and providing hope to those coming back.

“This project gives hope to the residents of the city first to return and build their homes,” said Johanna.

According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), there are still 1.6 million people displaced in IDP camps. A total of 4.1 million people have returned to their homes since mid-2014.

ISIS was defeated in Iraq in December 2017 after its surge into northern and western Iraq in 2014. The city of Mosul, the capital of Nineveh Province, was liberated by Iraqi Security Forces in July 2017.