Residents of Mosul are still suffering, after nine months of overwhelming urban warfare government forces, they are enduring an overwhelming crisis. More than 1 million people have left their homes in Mosul and small towns nearby.
The noncombatants had to pack into camps in the outside the city or wherever they can find shelter. Some people have gone back to the city only to find it reduced to the rubble and debris.
The battle for Mosul is not the end of the nightmare for civilians. With much of the city in ruins, they need help to safely resettle. Fortunately, many international organizations and governments are helping with the relief and reconstruction.
One man and his family fled the al-Kasik district almost two months ago. He left in the final phases of the battle retake the city from ISIS. They have not returned yet. The people are suffering. They have no money to buy necessities and hundreds of women are now the head of their households after the loss of their husbands.
The people are suffering. They have no money to buy necessities and hundreds of women are now the head of their households after the loss of their husbands.
There are thousands of Mosulians that are without documents, such as birth and marriage certificates. So far, 23 families have returned to Mosul. The city is slowly returning to normal, the markets have reopened, but the destruction left some areas desolate and unusable.
The handling of births is also complicated but in the last few weeks, there were 50 Cesarean and 102 regular births. The government and the international community will need to begin rebuilding Mosul for its civilians.
All of the basic services must be restored as soon as possible so that thousands of people can return home. International aid organizations agree that the Mosul victory is definitely the beginning of a new era in Iraq for the country and its citizens.
Written by Anthony Pace
Edited by Cathy Milne
Reuters: In camps and ruins, Mosul civilians’ ordeal is far from over
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