A few months later, many of the islamic state’s mosul was still rubble.
Ziad Abdul Qader recently returned to his home in the Iraqi city of mosul and found a pile of charred human bones in the yard. When he came to see the house a few months ago, he saw the bodies of two islamic state fighters and hurried off. When he returned in mid-february, they were set on fire.
“A group of people are burning their bodies because they are worried about disease,” he said.
He plans to shovel the bone into a bag and throw it in the garbage can. Eight months after u.s.-backed Iraqi forces drove the islamic state out of mosul, the former storekeeper is trying to repair the damaged home, which is a terrible thing.
If some of the city residents in over four years ago of the islamic state of Iraq’s second largest city in the initial welcome and a commitment to its good governance, as is becoming more and more brutal regime, disappeared in the city. It’s hard to find anyone who can say it now.
“People come here and spit at the bones,” said abdul qadar, who stands next to his 11-year-old son. “We have suffered a lot under ISIS.”
When he and his family tried to leave mosul after the food was used, islamic state fighters seized them, took their money, jewels and documents, and lashed them with rubber hoses. After finding the banned phone in his belongings, they took his 24-year-old son away. Since then, abdul qadar has not heard from him.
Ziad abdulqader and his son Mohammed, 11, returned to their home in the old city of mosul. They found the bodies of ISIS fighters inside. Abdul Qader owned a clothing store before ISIS. He said Mohammed had panic attacks and had forgotten how to read and write.
Heavy fighting to end the islamic state’s occupation of mosul has destroyed the town’s oldest part in months. Eight months after the fighting ended, thousands of homes are still in the rubble. No electricity or running water. Debris from the collapsed buildings blocked the entrance to some of the alleys. The building waste is littered with the decomposing bodies of islamic state fighters.
Praising Iraqi forces for the liberation of mosul from the islamic state has caused many residents to think that what has been deliberately ignored by the government has become painful.
“We are not complaining about what god has given us, but the government has not helped us at all,” said samir, sitting on a pink wooden bench near the ruins of the main shopping street in the old district. Over the past three days, her house has collapsed in battle, she waits for several hours a day, waiting for an ngo to help, she says she tells residents it will allocate funds.
Homemade bombs on old city streets, unexploded mortars and other explosives were still scattered, many of them buried in mortar shells, artillery and air strikes. Most aid groups are waiting for more explosives to clean up before they start operations in these areas.
The ordnance troops blew up some bombs, and explosions were heard in the old town.
The United Nations mine action agency says most of the explosives were buried under an estimated 11 metric tons of destroyed buildings. UN experts say it may take “many years” to clear them all.
Although many parts of Iraq Iraqi government services are in a state of mismanagement and corruption, but many residents of mosul, even if is the most basic service sunni Muslim city cannot recover, because these services more destructive.
“Why should a place like Tel Afar be rebuilt immediately?” A restaurant worker in eastern mosul said he was referring to another former islamic state stronghold, with a large shia population. “It’s sectarianism.”
United Nations mine-clearance experts say it will take years to remove all explosives from the area. They include roadside bombs made by the islamic state, suicide belts and weapons, and missiles, mortars and other explosives used by Iraqi and American forces.
On the streets of an old town, a group of men stood around a barrel that was burning and destroying the wood. The flames flickered through the holes in the rusty barrels. The government has promised to compensate for the damage, but has not yet distributed it. With no electricity and no money for generators or fuel, the rest of the house is cold and dark.
The yellow taxi bounced along the rough streets and brought back residents to assess the damage. Only the most desperate – those who are welcomed by their relatives, or who have no money for food and rent – have returned to try to live. In January, hundreds of families trying to return to the city of mosul returned to the camps.
Iraqi officials estimate that more than 5, 000 civilians have been killed in the battle of mosul – most of them in U.S. and Iraqi airstrikes, shelling and mortar attacks against islamic state fighters. For many residents of the old city, their damaged homes were the graves of their loved ones.
In the middle of a ruined street, a middle-aged couple walk, two young men trying to carry a huge plastic bag full of clothes and POTS and pans.
Mona abed said she and her sons were taking what they had saved from the wreckage of their home to their rented home on the other side of the city. Abed said she watched as her adult daughter died of serious injuries when the roof collapsed.
Mona abd and her sons carried the items they had retrieved from their homes in mosul, which were knocked down by air strikes.
“We pulled her out, but she was bleeding for three days and we didn’t even give her aspirin,” said abbe. She said her 16-year-old son also died in the collapse. Another son is recovering from the surgery.
“We go home and we don’t have a house – it’s just a piece of land,” she said.
ISIS is believed to have killed thousands of people in mosul. But most of the injuries and deaths came from coalition airstrikes led by Iraq and the United States. They include mortars and shelling as well as airdrops for islamic state fighters. There were no escape routes in mosul, and hundreds of thousands of civilians were trapped by ISIS as security forces closed. The United States said it would supply the company with loans and loan guarantees to help rebuild, but not provide any direct $88 fund Iraq said, it needs to rebuild mosul and other cities of the liberated from islamic countries.
At the door of the damaged house on a nearby street, a slim woman in a headscarf cried softly. For three consecutive days last march, Ahlam Zaidan lost her husband, her two sons and her nephew, in an air raid and mortars.
“They died one after another,” she said. “Who can bring them back to me?
When their house was destroyed, Zaidan and her only surviving child, Mohannad, 15, lived in her brother’s damaged house for more than two months without electricity, heat or running water.
In addition to a large number of explosives, the city is relatively safe – almost all of the ISIS fighters who control mosul have died. But local police have not yet deployed. On the contrary, paramilitary fighters from southern Iraq carried the ak-47 checkpoint with a Shiite flag. The soldiers said they hadn’t paid for months. Residents tolerated them, but accused them of robbing houses and even stealing copper wires from cables.
Soldier of the Iraqi popular mobilization force – a paramilitary force nominally controlled by the Iraqi government. The shia religious leaders are mobilizing to fight the islamic state, and they have checkpoints in the old city of mosul until local police can take over.
“They’re here to get home as much as possible,” aliya tafik said in the courtyard of her damaged house. “ISIS is not in the home – even if they steal the power cord.”
Some of the residents here are civil servants, usually with stable salaries. But because they remain in the islamic state of mosul – many people cannot leave – they have not been paid by the central government for four years. Officials say they need more time for security checks to screen out suspected ISIS members.
Amer Mohammad, 53, a moderate health ministry employee, said he and a group of men would go door to door to inspect their families to see if they were certain and ISIS was responsible.
Ammer muhammad is with his son, Arthur, in mosul. Mohammed, a health worker, has not been paid for nearly four years. His 15-year-old son, ahmed, was killed in a mortar attack in the old city.
He pointed out the gate of a garden near a house where he buried an old man who had died of disease from starvation and dehydration.
“This is one of our Christian brothers,” he said. “We protect them and give them food and water.”
Mohammed’s 15-year-old son ahmed was killed in a mortar attack. He took action on the rubble, holding tightly to his four-year-old son, yasser. He said Russian ISIS fighters forced him to leave his home. After ISIS was driven out, the cables from the well were taken away.
Mohammed said the government could not bring back their loved ones, but they could at least help them rebuild their homes.
“We need services – they just need to take away the rubble, we need water trucks to drink, so we can drink clean water,” he said. “If they get out of the rubble and repair the streets, one can rebuild with their own hands.”