The Islamic State is Defeated in Iraq, but its Legacy Lives on

It’s been six years since Iraq declared victory over ISIS, but for the people of the Nineveh Plains, the scars of that dark period still linger. While the headlines celebrated the defeat, the communities that bore the brunt of ISIS’s terror continue to grapple with the aftermath.


Economic Struggles

Imagine being a farmer in the Nineveh Plains, where agriculture is your lifeline. You’ve spent generations tending to the land, passing down farming wisdom from one hand to the next. But then ISIS comes, wreaking havoc on everything in its path. Now, you’re left with destroyed crops, stolen equipment, and no support to rebuild. It’s a daily struggle just to survive, let alone thrive.


Demographic Shifts

For many who fled ISIS’s reign of terror, returning home isn’t as simple as unlocking the door and stepping back in. The once-familiar streets are now filled with uncertainty and fear. Tensions simmer as different communities jostle for space and resources, leading to a sense of displacement and loss.


Seeking Normalcy

Despite the victory over ISIS, life in the Nineveh Plains is anything but normal. Checkpoints dot the landscape, reminding everyone that danger still lurks nearby. People are afraid to gather for religious ceremonies or cultural events, unsure if they’ll make it back home safely.


The road to recovery is long and arduous, but it’s not without hope. With support from the international community and a renewed commitment from the Iraqi government, there’s a chance for these communities to rebuild and reclaim what was lost. It won’t be easy, but for the people of the Nineveh Plains, giving up is not an option.






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