Monday, November 9, 2020

Iraq camp closures 'could leave 100,000 displaced people homeless' - BBC News

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The rapid closure of displacement camps in Iraq could leave more than 100,000 people without shelter in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and as winter approaches, an aid group has warned.

People in camps in seven provinces were being forced out with little notice, the Norwegian Refugee Council said.

The government expects them to return to their areas of origin.

But many of those were destroyed during the war against the Islamic State (IS) group and still have not been rebuilt.

More than six million Iraqis fled their homes during the conflict, which officially ended in December 2017.

An estimated 1.3 million people remain displaced, while more than half of the 4.7 million returnees have gone back to areas where living conditions are "severe", according to the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

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