Tribal leaders in Ramadi discuss ways to heal the wounds left by ISIS

Ramadi was formerly a hotbed of terrorist activity, with ISIS having a presence in the area for a number of years. In recent times, however, this influence has been reduced significantly.

Some remnant ISIS militants have been undertaking sporadic attacks on the security forces in and around Ramadi, which have raised a number of concerns for the tribal leaders of the region.

Since the liberation of Ramadi, people that were displaced from their homes have been returning to the city and its environs for some time. Nevertheless, this has included families that were connected with ISIS and tribal leaders deem these families to be a risk to the security situation and one of the reasons for the numerous breaches of security in the past few months.

These tribal leaders have called for the presence of police that are familiar with the area and ISIS so that they may locate and pin down ISIS elements in and around Ramadi. Nevertheless, security officials have stressed the need to return families whose children were once involved with ISIS to special camps located far away from residential areas.

Organisations working in Ramadi have expressed their content at the pace of reconstruction and rehabilitation. Several initiatives have been launched under the order of Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi to restore infrastructure.

Several projects have also been implemented by civil society organisations and individuals. For instance, a peace festival was held to commemorate the fallen soldiers who fought against ISIS and celebrate the culture of the region. An important theme that ran throughout the festival was the message of coexistence among the plethora of religious, ethnic and social groups that live all across Iraq.

The social fabric of several communities across Iraq had been damaged by the rise of ISIS. However, many of these communities are now seeing the revival of their country through their resistance to the totalitarian ideology of ISIS.

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