Since 2014, millions of Iraqis have been displaced by Islamic State (ISIS) and Iraq’s ongoing military efforts to defeat the group. Even as people return home to retaken areas, more continue to be displaced. Many internally displaced persons (IDPs) fled to camps or setup informal settlements, while others joined family members in safer areas or sometimes rented living space.
As the battle to liberate Mosul escalated during recent months, more and more humanitarian resources were directed toward those leaving the city, leaving people from earlier displacements wondering what to do when aid is scarce, and it’s still not safe to go home.
Many of the families in the camp were displaced in several other locations before arriving here.