Rajab's Return Home

Speeches Shim

Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Rajab's family was one of the first to return home and rebuild. Rajab hoped that their decision would encourage their neighbors to return and spread hope among other displaced residents.
DCEO for USAID

Rajab Yunus, 25, is from the Old City of Mosul, an area that overlooks the Tigris River. The Old City was once known for its diverse population, which included Kurds, Arab, Christian, and Shabak communities living peacefully side by side. During ISIS’s occupation, nearly all residents from Rajab’s neighborhood fled to different areas of Iraq and even abroad to escape persecution. Rajab and his family left their home and moved to the eastern side of Mosul. At the end of the occupation, Rajab and his family were one of the first to return. They found their home completely destroyed. 

Though heartbroken, Rajab’s family decided to stay and rebuild. Rajab hoped that their decision would encourage their neighbors to return and spread hope among other displaced residents. Today, more than 14 families have followed their lead and have returned to the area. 

In addition to the destruction, ISIS’s violent occupation tore at the social fabric of the Old City of Mosul, resulting in widespread distrust among the different communities. To encourage the safe return of families like Rajab’s, USAID will be conducting dialogue sessions with individuals from the Old City’s different communities to share their perspectives and concerns about returning, explore solutions to ensure the safety of all residents.

Rajab is hopeful about the impact of the sessions. “I hope that USAID will do something that creates hope for people to return to their homes and normal lives in his neighborhood and the Old City”.

To learn more about the Durable Communities and Economic Opportunities (DCEO/Tahfeez) project, click here

 

Last updated: May 10, 2022

Share This Page