Post-Conflict Assessment: Minority Communities in Ninewa
Multiple displacements and the battle against ISIS in recent years have left minority communities, in particular, in a humanitarian crisis of enormous scale. In a press release published on December 13, 2017, IOM announced that more than 2.84 million displaced Iraqis have returned to their areas of origin, mostly to Anbar and Ninewa governorates. The same report estimates that 2.9 million remain displaced.
Samaritan’s Purse has had a presence in Iraq since 2008, providing humanitarian aid to marginalized and vulnerable communities in partnership with local and international actors.
From November 15 through December 23, 2017, Samaritan’s Purse conducted an in-depth eld assessment of approximately 16,000 minority households (HHs) from Ninewa Governorate representing over 24,000 HHs. By interviewing internally displaced persons (IDP) and returnee HHs, assessment results capture both the range and scale of barriers that are preventing IDPs from returning to their places of origin, and the immediate challenges that returnees face as they reintegrate into their communities.
After thorough analysis, Samaritan’s Purse concluded the following key findings which are further detailed in this assessment report:
1. Security is critical
2. Education and health are primary concerns
3. Damage is reparable
4. Minorities are returning
5. Restoration of minority communities is possible