As the Iraqis forced from their homes following the 2006 bombing of the Al-Askari mosque in Samarra enter a period of protracted displacement, IOM assesses the changing needs and intentions of IDPs and returnees in Iraq. Five years after the 2006 bombing of the Al-Askari Mosque in Samarra, the legacy of violence and displacement associated with the event continues to affect families throughout Iraq. Despite the passing of time, a large number of the 1.6 million Iraqis displaced in the immediate aftermath are still living away from their homes, with little prospect of return. Recent movements in Iraq resulting from the targeting of minorities, continuing violence, territorial disputes, water scarcity, and severe unemployment further complicate the issues surrounding post-Samarra displacement. As with any displaced population, Iraqi IDP families will continue to live in a state of limbo, unable to return home and unable to rebuild their lives in their new locations, until the difficulties which displaced them are resolved.
07 Feb, 2011