In 2017, Hamid’s family was ready to return to their area of origin to rehabilitate their houses and rebuild their lives. But Jerf Al Sakher was still too insecure. Instead, they went to Amriyat Al Fallujah, Anbar, west of Baghdad — closer to home yet still uprooted.
Amriyat Al Fallujah, and the wider Anbar Governorate, has seen large numbers of displaced families return to their homes — many of which need urgent rehabilitation, especially in the remote towns of Al Qaem, Al Rawa and Ana.
Thousands of other families, like Hamid’s, live in critical shelter arrangements outside camps, including unfinished or abandoned buildings. With little to no resources to improve the conditions of these shelters, families are exposed to various hazards and protection risks.
With support from the US Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), IOM, the UN Migration Agency, is assisting these families in Amriyat Al Fallujah and the wider Anbar Governorate.