Five years since Iraq’s liberation from ISIL, there has been significant progress made towards growing back, through rehabilitation of homes, institutions and building stability. Though, the challenge of safely clearing rubble due to the prevalence of explosive hazard still continues. To ensure Iraqis’ return home safely, a significant amount of recovery work remains to be done.
In Salah al-Din, through UNDP Iraq’s flagship stabilization programme, rehabilitation of schools, homes and public infrastructure has been made possible due to first ensuring effective clearance of mines. However, challenges still persist in other areas, such as Baiji where a significant level of explosive hazard contamination still exists.
Addressing these challenges, in partnership with UNMAS, UNDP continues to work in Baiji thanks to its partnership with the specialized local authorities, Halo Trust, Norwegian People’s Aid (NPA) who actively coordinate the explosive hazard clearance of rehabilitation sites.
The rehabilitation of the school supplies warehouse and the Almazra’a water treatment plant in Baiji was recently completed after the removal of explosive ordnance and other hazardous objects from the site. Before any reconstruction and rehabilitation can start, the area must be cleared from explosive hazards.