Two parts, one is totally devastated, while the other is on the edge of a likely famine. It is no doubt the city of Mosul. The war has been ended in the east part of the city, but it’s still casting the shadow of the death, everywhere. The odor from the ISIS corpses that are tossed here and there, can tell you more, about what the city is like, after war. A shallow governmental assistance, it is what has been allocated to revive the city, except some humanitarian efforts by organizations that can not fulfill the tremendous need. Overall, Mosul is still not a stricken city, in the eyes of Iraqi government!
I would say it is not a stricken because, it is no longer a place for living. The city has lost its bridges, fundamental establishments and cultural aspects. What left, it is not more than a wreckage, and the burnt libraries. Electricity doesn’t operate all the time, while people stand in queues for hours, in bid to get some water. I wouldn’t mention the ills who die everyday because of the shortage of medical support. Thereafter, people still talk with sparking eyes, as they are still alive. They don’t realize anymore the serious danger that has engulfed the town, before and after the battle. The loaf of life would be fine, that one bite of it, fills mouth and silences those who had been complained in the past, demanded the human rights and freedom of speech. It turns them, thinking about the bread of tomorrow, not more. It might be funny, to talk about drinking water from the taps and taking a warm shore in the morning, that is what has been forgotten over the two past years. To be honest, I am compelled to say that people had live during ISIS time, the giant horror but not the lack of these fundamental services. There, in the liberated areas, Mosul is still undergone the political disagreements. And the same faces who should have been sued since two years for their deficit to protect the city from ISIS, are at large, and still in the office. The same crisis as before two years, is sweeping the town, and the same sectarian discourse is to emerge, while the same politicians are getting ready to return. Meanwhile, the locals are starving in the west part or let’s say the ISIS part, and the Iraqi liberated parts, there are new sufferings and tragic stories, that are written always by the blood of innocents, after wars.
Mosul has lost its adjective of being a livable city, when death toll in the liberated areas is still there, every single day, people die, because of ISIS shells on the civilians. The danger is too close. It is due to strike everyone, only the Tigris river that splits the city, can decide, what are the boundaries between two kind of sufferings, one is a city half that has been devastated by the war machine, and another is still controlled by ISIS, its locals are fronting the savage siege, where no thing is in the markets, only the fears from the forthcoming war which is mixed with the deadly famine.