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ICC Note:         

In the midst of celebrating the liberation of Mosul in Iraq, Human Rights Organizations like Amnesty warn of the humanitarian crises that remains. International Christian Concern has reported that Iraqi Christians are still concerned about returning to the city because they fear for their safety. Over 100,000 Christians were displaced and their communities, churches, schools, homes, were destroyed. Many people have lost everything, they need shelter, food, health care, water, sanitation and emergency kits. Rebuilding will be a battle as Iraqis attempt to address the human rights violations and the cause of conflict in Iraq.  

07/13/2017 Iraq (Christianity Daily) – While the Iraqi government celebrated as its Prime Minister officially declared victory over ISIS in Mosul on Monday, many humanitarian groups expressed concern that much still remains to be done in addressing the human rights violations and displacement that occurred in the process.

“From the Old City we announce the liberation of Mosul and remember the heroic sacrifices of our armed forces and their families,” Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi tweeted on Monday.

Early on Tuesday, al-Abadi added in another tweet: “As we announce the liberation of Mosul we also acknowledge the challenges of reconstruction and stability and call on Iraqis to unite.”

The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, declared Mosul as its territory in June of 2014. The battle to reclaim Mosul has caused more than 900,000 to flee from their homes.

Mosul’s captivity under ISIS particularly affected the Christian community. Over 100,000 Christians have been displaced, and the extremist group had destroyed or taken captive all of Mosul’s churches and religious institutions.

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