Sinuni/Sinjar Mountain, 9 January 2017 - Following the ISIL offensive on Mosul, over 275,000 people from Mount Sinjar area - including a vast majority of Yazidis - were driven out of their homes. Abandoned Yazidi settlements were either systematically demolished or seized by ISIL fighters. Some 3,000 homes are thought to have been destroyed or burned down in the sub-district of Sinuni alone.
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) handed over 123 units of renovated residential houses to returnees — beneficiaries and rightful owners — in Tameem neighbourhood, located in Ramadi, Anbar Governorate. With generous contribution from the Government of Japan, the renovation of the residential houses of the returnees was implemented under the project titled “Promoting Urban Recovery in Newly Liberated Areas in Iraq”