Mosul: half a million people still displaced

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Refugees from Mosul. Photo: UNHCR/S. Baldwin

Two years on from its fall to the terrorist group ISIL, half a million Iraqi refugees from Mosul are still unable to return home.

Civilians were driven from the city initially in 2014 amidst heavy fighting between Iraqi forces and insurgents.

The UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, is providing what aid they can in refugee camps in Iraq and Syria.

Janie Cangelosi has the story.

Since Iraqi Security Forces began a new military offensive in March, fighting to the north and south-east of Iraq's second largest city is forcing even more Iraqis from their homes.

The displaced civilians have registered in camps north and southeast of Mosul and across the border in Syria.

Many who left the city when ISIL or Daesh took control two years ago are reportedly still having trouble finding a safe place to live and most can't find work to support themselves and their families, according to a recent survey.

More than three million Iraqis, or around ten percent of the entire population, have been displaced since 2014.

UNHCR is currently working with partners at the Debaga camp in the Erbil governate and Al Hol camp in north-eastern Syria.

They are providing food, shelter, sanitation facilities, and medical care to more than 14,000 Iraqis.

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations

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