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Iraq: 373 displaced people return to Nineveh province

Internally displaced Iraqi civilians wait in a line to receive humanitarian aid in Nineveh, Iraq on 29 March 2017 [Yunus Keleş/Anadolu]
Internally displaced Iraqi civilians wait in a line to receive humanitarian aid in Nineveh, Iraq [File photo,Yunus Keleş/Anadolu]

The Iraqi Ministry of Displacement and Migration (IDD) announced today that 373 displaced persons from the camps have returned to their original areas of residence in the northern province of Nineveh.

“The ministry’s operations room, in cooperation with the Ministry of Transport and the Joint Operations Command (Defence), has allocated buses to transport 373 displaced persons who wish to return to their areas in Nineveh province,” Sattar Nowruz, a spokesman for the Iraqi Ministry of Displacement and Migration, said. “Trucks were also allocated to transport furniture from the camps.”

“The ministry’s main objective is to return displaced people to their areas of origin in the liberated city of Mosul and other liberated areas,” he added. “There are other displaced people wanting to return.”

Some 5.8 million Iraqis were displaced after Daesh took control of one third of Iraq’s territory including the northern capital, Mosul, in 2014. The Iraqi government declared victory over the terrorist group late last year.

Read: Iraq, UN launch joint plan to return 1 million displaced persons to their homes in 2018

Many displaced people are still unable to return to their areas of origin as a result of the destruction of their homes during the war, the lack of basic infrastructure and the unstable security situation.

Most of the displaced live in camps scattered across the country.

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