Statement on Forced Returns in West Mosul

 

Iraq Foundation is deeply concerned by the Human Rights Watch report that over 300 displaced families have been forced out of camps by the Iraqi army and other security forces to return to west Mosul. While IF understands the crowded conditions in camps and the need to accommodate more recently displaced persons from high-risk areas, no family should be removed from a camp against their will. In addition, these individuals are being sent to highly volatile areas in close proximity to the front lines. They are largely food insecure, do not have access to clean water, and have no economic opportunity to return to.

IF urges that the proper steps be taken by camp personnel and the international community to ensure safe shelter for all displaced persons. When returnees do go home, it must be to safe, secure areas with readily available water, food, and medical assistance. The sheer proximity of these newly-returned families to hazardous neighborhoods still threatened by Da’esh will only prolong the humanitarian efforts needed to rebuild Mosul.

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