Displaced Iraqis unable to return home years after battles


Staff Reporter

ERBIL – An estimated 1.8 million people remain displaced by the conflict between Iraqi forces and the Islamic State, also known as ISIS, about two years after the heaviest fighting ended.

A new Human Rights Watch web feature highlights the experiences of families who are struggling to find a safe home in post-ISIS Iraq.

“Iraqi authorities have put in place a system that has allowed communities, security forces, and government agencies to collectively punish families whose relatives were allegedly linked to ISIS,” said Belkis Wille, senior Iraq researcher at Human Rights Watch.

“This system has put these families in a purgatory that prevents them from returning home, imprisons them in camps, and forces them to endure dire conditions that portend bleak futures for their children.”

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