At least 1.2 million people are still displaced at several cities and refugee camps across Iraq, an official said on Monday.
“There are around 500,000 people living in refugee camps,” Jassim al-Attiya, deputy minister of immigration and the displaced, said. “In addition, there are around 700,000 persons are displaced outside the cities.”
The ministry, according to Al-Attiya, in coordination with the United Nations, “launched today a special plan on repatriation of the displaced with a timeline of one year.”
The plan “targets resolving the problems that prevents the displaced from returning back.”
More than five million persons were displaced from their houses in Nineveh, Kirkuk, Salahuddin, Anbar, Diyala, the outskirts of Baghdad and parts of Babylon in mid- 2014, when ISIS occupied vast territories of Iraq.
In late 2017, when the government declared victory over ISIS, many of the displaced returned back. However, many of them are still unable to return back as their houses were destroyed and due to deteriorated infrastructure and lack of security.