A number of roundabouts have been rebuilt in Mosul following a joint project between local authorities, UNDP and the World Bank.
The nine month-long battle to liberate Mosul from the clutches of ISIS left many neighbours almost completely destroyed. The city’s infrastructure was badly damaged, including roads, bridges, power generators, water infrastructure and sewage system.
The problem was exacerbated by the group’s scorched earth tactics, where they would intentionally destroy roads and bridges in order to slow down the Iraqi forces’ advance. Furthermore, landmines across Mosul have prevented rebuilding efforts from effectively taking place and has forced displaced people who had returned to Mosul to flee.
Amidst this destruction, local organisations, volunteers and local authorities have taken a lead in rehabilitating parts of the city that were damaged by the war. Mosul’s municipal authority, in coordination with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), has begun an initiative to rebuild and replant Mosul’s roundabouts and some roads. Senior officials in the Municipal authority also confirmed that once the work on roundabouts is complete, they will begin work on the main bridges in the city.
“We are currently rehabilitating the Bakr, Taher Zinawa, Hamid Tijzar, and Masarif roundabouts. Our work includes agricultural, civil and electrical rehabilitation. We want to make these roundabouts better and more beautiful than they were before,” explained one of the engineers working on the site.
More than seven months after liberation, life has returned to the city. While many residents remain displaced, particularly from the city’s western districts that witnessed heavy fighting, others are returning to their homes and rebuilding their lives after ISIS.
At the turn of the new year, citizens came out to celebrate and welcome the start of 2018, hoping for a better future for Iraq’s second biggest city. There are signs for optimism and progress especially with projects such as these flourishing across Mosul and breathing life back to the city that is described as the “mother of two springs”.