July 16, 2017
Iraq is facing the challenge of returning residents to their homes in the war-torn city of Mosul.
Many civilians are returning from displacement camps to find their shops and houses either damaged or destroyed.
Overall, the UN has estimated 10,000 buildings were ruined during the nine months of battling between U.S.-backed forces and ISIS militants, mostly in the Old City neighborhood.
The Shiite militia has been supporting government troops and is focused on rebuilding instead of fighting the few remaining terrorists putting up a fight.
Some reconstruction is already underway.
Running water and sanitation pipes are the main priority, as well as maintaining security so a resurgence by the extremist group does not take place.