Iraqi PM Seeks To Revitalize Reconstruction Process

08/20/2021 Iraq (International Christian Concern) – Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi chaired a cabinet meeting in Mosul to discuss the restoration process following the destruction in the aftermath of the Islamic State and subsequent war.  Al-Kadhimi was to discuss the steps for rebuilding, reparations for those who suffered damages, and local administrative issues.

As part of his visit to Nineveh Province, the Iraq PM also intended to visit Shingal, the home to many Yazidis who suffered under the IS genocide. Al-Kadhimi will meet with an Iraqi military unit stationed in Shingal as well as visit Kojo village here the Islamic State left 17 mass graves. Both Mosul and Shingal were severely damaged following the war on IS.

Mosul, home to 1.5 million people, once had a sizable Christian community and now has a very difficult time appealing to the minority group to return. Thousands of buildings are still left in ruins on the western side of the city, even four years later. For Shingal, which faced mass genocide of its ethnic minority group, governing authorities have disputed the rightful administrator of the area. Located between Erbil and Baghdad, three local governments sought to administer the district and eight different security forces were stationed there. The Iraqi government and Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) reached an agreement in October 2020 to structure the governing of Shingal which includes joint security forces in different areas.

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