Almost eight months have passed since the liberation of Mosul, but local civilians are still living among the wreckage left behind by ISIS.
Although Mosul was liberated from ISIS almost 8 months ago, in July of 2017, those who have remained in, or returned to, their city are continuing to experience hardship in the face of the destruction that was left behind by the terrorist group.
One woman deplores the state of civilians’ lives in Mosul as she stands in the midst of the rubble of her home. She speaks of a lack of food and money and laments the neglect from local and national authorities.
Another man shows his frustration at the wreckage of his home, which was destroyed during the battles to liberate Mosul from ISIS. Despite the efforts of government forces to free the city from terrorists, these civilians express their dissatisfaction at the lack of attention the government has paid them since the liberation.
Many locals in Mosul are having to fend for themselves to repair the infrastructure that is of momentous importance for the rehabilitation of the city as a whole.
Nevertheless, there have been a number of initiatives launched by local authorities, in cooperation with international organisations, to restore the infrastructure of the city. For instance, a number of roundabouts have been rebuilt in Mosul following a joint project between local authorities, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank.
Representatives from the UN made a recent visit to Mosul to discuss the issue of reconstruction with local officials. A number of issues were touched upon during the visit, such as the return of internally displaced people (IDP) and the security problems that remain in the aftermath of ISIS.
Mosul was the centre of ISIS activity in Iraq and was proclaimed by the terrorist group to be the capital of its alleged “Islamic State”. A 9-month-long battle raged between ISIS and Iraqi forces between October 2016 and July 2017 for control of the city, leading to the demolition of buildings and general wreckage of infrastructure, not to mention civilian deaths and thousands of cases of displacement.