Poverty and hunger prevent displaced people from celebrating Eid

Displacement has been a thorny and prevalent issue in Iraq over the course of the conflict that has mainly revolved around eliminating ISIS. The occupation of territories all across the country by the terrorist groups has led to hundreds of thousands of people being forced out of their homes and being settled in camps, in other cities or villages, or to escape to other countries. This has prevented thousands from celebrating Eid this year.

Three years on from the emergence of ISIS in Iraq, civilians are still stuck in camps and suffer from a lack of basic necessities. For instance, thousands have been stuck in the camp in Salahuddin, where civilians are crammed into flimsy tents and are at a significantly high risk of catching contagious diseases due to a lack of medicine and medical equipment.

Civilians who have been displaced to the Salahuddin region have been unable to celebrate Eid al-Adha as they are deprived of the means and the morale to follow old traditions this year.

In Anbar, where ISIS now holds some of its main strongholds as a result of its loss of Mosul and the whole of Nineveh, there are hundreds of displaced people that are struggling to bear the heat of the desert. Temperatures in this region reach near to unbearable heights and the lack of clean water and air conditioner making living conditions in these camps treacherous.

Nevertheless, some people are returning to their liberated areas and are occupied with the reconstruction of their homes and general infrastructure. Since the liberation of Mosul in early July, thousands of civilians have been returning to their home city as ISIS was completely eliminated. In any case, the mission to rebuild the city of Mosul is a daunting one as it has been estimated to cost close to 50 billion dollars as reports cite that around 80 percent of the infrastructure of the city was destroyed during the 267-day battle between the Iraqi forces and ISIS militants.

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