After ten years, Mosul still bears the scars of ISIS

Ten years ago, the people of Mosul lived in constant fear and insecurity. The lasting impact of ISIS rule can still be seen in the city and its inhabitants.
The city of Mosul. (Photo: Kurdistan24)
The city of Mosul. (Photo: Kurdistan24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan24) – Ten years after the sudden attack by ISIS fighters that resulted in the fall of Mosul, the city continues to bear the scars of destruction and devastation. Furthermore, the residents of Mosul continue to suffer from the hardships of poverty and unemployment.

Ten years ago, the inhabitants of Mosul lived in constant fear and insecurity. The lasting impact of ISIS rule can still be seen in the city and its inhabitants.

Maher Malouh, a young man from Mosul, experienced the devastating impact of terrorism firsthand, as his father became one of its victims. His personal connection to this tragic event made him acutely aware of the profound pain caused by acts of terrorism.

“On the ninth of this month, ISIS attacked Mosul and occupied it for 10 months. As we stood in front of the famous hotel in Mosul, it was evident that the devastation caused by ISIS was extensive. The hotel, along with the Ibn Sina Hospital and the entire medical community, had been completely destroyed. Following this, ISIS targeted residential areas, leaving countless houses in ruins. Tragically, the attack resulted in the loss of thousands of Mosul citizens' lives, with thousands more forced to flee their homes. To this day, many of the displaced individuals remain unaccounted for. In fact, on the first day of the occupation alone, a staggering 2,700 people lost their lives in western Mosul,” Malouh told Kurdistan24.

ISIS demolished the al-Saa'a Church, which was the largest Christian church in Mosul, even though it caused the death and displacement of numerous Christians. However, since the liberation of the city from ISIS, the church has been restored.

Next to the church is a Muslim butcher named Muhammad Tarq Hamudi, who is also a victim of ISIS. He told Kurdistan24 about the displacement of Christians.

“After the occupation of Mosul, Christians were displaced. Some of them relocated to the left bank of the city. Currently, the situation on the left bank is more favorable compared to the right bank,” Hamudi said.

After the city was liberated, the provincial administration is now focusing on the task of restoring life in Mosul.

So far, they have repaired five bridges and several hospitals that were destroyed by ISIS.

Sirwan Rojbayani, the first deputy governor of Mosul, informed Kurdistan24 that they had successfully repaired five bridges connecting the right and left sides of Mosul, in addition to constructing a new bridge.

“There are 3,200 projects, of which 2,350 have been implemented," Rojbayani added.