- Title: Displaced Iraqi families living in limbo in Mosul camp
- Date: 26th July 2017
- Summary: SALAMIYA CAMP, NEAR MOSUL, IRAQ (JULY 26, 2017) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF TENTS / PEOPLE WALKING THROUGH SALAMIYA RELIEF CAMP NEAR MOSUL VARIOUS OF CHILDREN PLAYING VARIOUS OF CHILDREN FILLING UP PLASTIC CONTAINERS WITH WATER (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) DISPLACED MAN, SADDAM, SAYING: "I can't go back to my neighbourhood [because] there is no water, no electricity, no services, nothing at all in my area. Our homes were destroyed, they were robbed - TVs, everything was stolen. We came here to this camp and life here is very difficult." VARIOUS OF WOMEN IN CAMP MAN AND CHILDREN PUSHING A CART EXTERIOR OF TENTS USED AS MAKESHIFT GROCERY SHOP MAN SITTING INSIDE MAKESHIFT GROCERY SHOP PEOPLE WALKING ALONG FENCES OF CAMP (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) REFUGEE LIVING IN SALAMIYA CAMP, HASSAN KHADEIR, SAYING: "The difficulties we face are, to begin with, the tents are hot. They gave us fans, those arrived, but the water is limited, so is the gas. Each month we receive 20 litres, we have been here for two months, and we only received one canister. The storage is full of items, why are they not distributing them? What is the reason for the delay?" VARIOUS OF CHILDREN IN CAMP VARIOUS OF CAMP
- Embargoed: 9th August 2017 15:33
- Keywords: Islamic State displaced Iraqis from Mosul Salamiya camp harsh conditions civilians suffering water supply
- Location: SALAMIYA CAMP, NEAR MOSUL, IRAQ
- City: SALAMIYA CAMP, NEAR MOSUL, IRAQ
- Country: Iraq
- Topics: Conflicts/War/Peace
- Reuters ID: LVA0016RCUNUV
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Displaced Iraqis from Mosul, a city shattered by the nine-month battle to expel Islamic State, spoke of the difficulties of living in limbo in the nearby Salamiya camp on Wednesday (July 26). Many are waiting for the situation to stabilise in the city so they feel they can safely return home.
The Salamiya camp, housing nearly 2,000 families mostly from western Mosul and nearby villages, opened in late May under the auspices of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) and the Iraqi government.
While its residents are happy to be safe from the ravages of Islamic State, who subjected Mosul to harsh rule for nearly three years, they are frustrated and worried about their future.
One displaced man told Reuters a lack of infrastructure and the damage inflicted on houses in some neighbourhoods in Mosul are preventing civilians from returning. Another displaced man complained about the limited water supplies in the camp.
More than one million people fled their homes in Mosul and nearby villages since the fighting started. Most of them are packed into camps in the countryside or have found shelter elsewhere.
Those who ventured back to Mosul found wrecked houses, destroyed schools and hospitals, and water and power shortages, alongside the threat of gunfire and booby-traps.
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