UN Iraq DSRSG/HC/RC/UNDP RR Marta Ruedas visit to Northern Iraq | 5 & 7 August 2018

On 5th and 7th August 2018, a United Nations Iraq delegation, headed by Ms. Marta Ruedas, Deputy UN Iraq Special Representative, Humanitarian Coordinator, Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Iraq Resident Representative, visited Mosul and Bartela in northern Iraq.

In Mosul, discussions were held with Iraqi Government interlocuters and partners on next steps for rehabilitation, stabilization and reconstruction of Mosul and surrounding areas destroyed by Daesh. Discussions also focused on the removal of landmines and unexploded remnants and the reconstruction of the places of worship for the Sunnis, Christians, Yazidis and Sabean Mandeans. After the meeting, the committee visited some sites at the Old City.

In Bartela, Ninewa Province, DSRSG Ruedas inaugurated a rehabilitated heath centre and alter visited a returnee family in their newly reconstructed house. The delegation also visited Mar Matta Monastery founded in the 4th Century. During the conflict with Daesh/ISIL in 2014-2017, the Monastery became a refuge for families in the Ninewa Plains. DSRSG Ruedas met with Bishop Shamani as part of ongoing efforts to engage with community leaders to understand current needs.

DSRSG Ruedas says it is important to follow-up on the progress made in the United Nations’ stabilization work in Ninewa and Mosul.

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9 August 2018

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