After ISIL: rebuilding Mosul

Source: UNDP - Thu, 29 Jun 2017 17:45 PM
Author: UNDP
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Once the battle to free western Mosul is won, a different fight will begin: the enormous task of rebuilding Iraq’s second city so that more than 600,000 displaced people can return home.

After years of conflict, up to three-quarters of Mosul’s infrastructure has been damaged or destroyed. Water and electricity plants must be repaired, schools and hospitals rebuilt and streets cleared of rubble and explosives.

Rebuilding a metropolis the size of San Diego will be one of the largest, most complex stabilisation projects since World War Two. The United Nations is leading the rebuild. More than 450 stabilisation projects are already approved or underway across east and west Mosul and the neighbouring Ninewa Plains.

  • Seen from a rooftop in the Aden neighbourhood in liberated East Mosul: destroyed buildings on one side of the street and intact buildings opposite.

  • Iraqi men clean the streets of liberated East Mosul under a UNDP cash-for-work programme. “We are a hardworking people in Mosul – we help each other,” said one of the men, Ibrahim Mustafa.

  • Water treatment plant operator Mohammad Abdullah Sultan (second from left) at the As-Salamiyah Water Treatment Plant, which is providing clean water to thousands. “We’re happy to be back at work,” he said. “This has been my livelihood for over 20 years.”

  • “When the treatment plant wasn’t working, all of the water that came from the pipes – if it came at all – was filthy,” said Khalwa, a local resident. “The water is much better now.”

  • Bullet holes still puncture the main entrance glass door to the Ibn Atheer Hospital, in East Mosul. One of the largest health facilities in the city, it was burnt and covered in soot under ISIL.

  • Teams of women supported by UNDP spent weeks scrubbing down blackened walls, scouring and sweeping floors, and polishing windows to bring the hospital back to life. “We’re proud to make the city livable again,” said one of the women, Khalida Sabry

  • A burnt-out patient room at Ibn al Atheer Hospital in East Mosul, Iraq.

  • Students are back in class at the Gogjali School for Girls. Most children in the city missed out on more than two years of education while the city was under ISIL occupation. Rasol, 12, a student at the school, said, “We love school and learning because it can change our life and our views.”

  • A view of the old, disused classrooms at the Gogjali School, before eastern Mosul was liberated.

  • Rodney Lofts, a nurse at Aspen Hospital, in Athba, Iraq, just south of Mosul. UNDP helped to repair roads to Aspen and other hospitals, which were left riddled with trenches blasted by ISIL.

  • Children playing in a street in the Aden neighborhood of East Mosul, with patched-up bullet holes still visible in the homes.

    Once the battle to free western Mosul is won, a different fight will begin: the enormous task of rebuilding Iraq’s second city so that more than 600,000 displaced people can return home.

    For more information about UNDP’s stabilization work across Iraq, see here:

    www.iq.undp.org/content/iraq/en/home/ourwork/Stabilizatio...

    Photo Credits: @UNDP Iraq/Alex Potter

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