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Iraqi gov’t closes 4 camps for IDPs in Nineveh

Iraqi gov’t closes 4 camps for IDPs in Nineveh

The Iraqi Ministry of Migration and Displacement (MoDM) on Monday announced the closure of four camps for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in Nineveh province, and returning them to their places of origin.

In a press statement, minister of Displacement and Migration Nofal Bahaa Mousa said that the closed refugee four camps included the second and third Al-Gada, Al-Modarrag, the third Salamiyah in Nineveh.

The Iraqi Council of Ministers has supported the decision to close the camps in Nineveh and wants to shut down all the displacement camps within the borders of the governorate.

A majority of the areas liberated from the ISIS terrorist group are still in ruins with no basic services such as health facilities, electricity, or clean water.

Earlier this month, Iraq’s MoDM denied any claims IDPs inside camps were being forcibly expelled to their homes without suitable living conditions and services.

There are 13 displacement camps in Nineveh. The facilities were built for people who fled the threat of the Islamic state.

Last month, Iraq’s Council of Ministers decided to facilitate the return of all IDPs. Since then, hundreds of displaced families from camps have been moved to their hometowns, and many of these camps have been closed.

Iraq declared a “final victory” over the ISIS in December 2017, three years after the militant group overran roughly a third of Iraq’s territory. Its fighters, however, continue to wage an insurgency in multiple provinces.