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07/06/2017

Impressions from Sinjar, Bashiqa and Bahzani

[Sinjar]
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People’s lives in the city of Sinjar and its surroundings are like hell.
JEN was one of the first organizations that began supporting the people of Sinjar after the city was liberated from armed groups.
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When I first visited Sinjar as a staff member of JEN, the people were totally dispirited. Most of the houses and government buildings had been destroyed. To take the first step forward, we began the essential work of repairing wells in the city so that people could have access to drinking water.
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Life in the Sinjar Mountains is more difficult than in the city.  JEN has repeatedly investigated what is essential for the people living there and is providing public water storage tanks which are filled up daily from tanker trucks.
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[Water supply tanker trucks JEN has rented; JEN distributes drinking water to people taking refuge in the mountains]
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[A well being repaired in Sinjar City; installation of a water storage tank and generator]
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[Bashiqa and Bahzani]
Bashiqa and Bahzani Villages, located in eastern Mosul, had been under the armed group’s control for two years.
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JEN provides assistance to people who are returning to their  villages. Although the houses were safe, the rubble caused by the battle was piled up all over the roads so JEN carried out a road and household waste clean-up operation.
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Our activities are much appreciated by the villagers, and the number of returnees is increasing every week.
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JEN’s staff engineers discussing well administration huts, water storage tanks and water supply networks with the director of the Bashiqa Waterworks Bureau and a Nineveh waterworks engineer.
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[The director of the Bashiqa Waterworks Bureau and the Nineveh waterworks engineer have expressed appreciation to JEN]
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[A repaired well near the village of Bashiqa]
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Rebar Ali Mella
JEN Iraq
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July 6, 2017 in Iraq |