Press Release

DSRSG/RC/HC Ghulam Isaczai Meets with Returnees in Salah al-Din

22 May 2024

Salah al-Din, Iraq – May 22, 2024 

The UN Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General, Resident Coordinator, and Humanitarian Coordinator (DSRSG/RC/HC) for Iraq, Ghulam M. Isaczai, visited today Yathrib District in southern Salah al-Din Governorate and met with a group of the 35 internally displaced families who had recently returned from Ashti camp in Sulaymaniyah.

The families appreciated the cash assistance and other material support received from the Ministry of Migration and Displacement and local government. However, many of the returnees’ families indicated that they would require more support to restart their normal lives after return. Some of them are still unable to return to their places of origin due to damaged houses and tribal issues and continue to live in tents after their return. 

Mr. Isaczai acknowledged the efforts of the Government and the significant progress made in ensuring the safe and dignified return of displaced persons and emphasized the need for more substantial support to find durable solution for the IDPs. 

Mr. Isaczai also recognized the ongoing challenges that returnees face, including the need for shelters, sustainable livelihoods, and access to essential services. The UN remains committed to supporting Iraq’s efforts in overcoming these challenges and ensuring durable solutions for all IDPs through the development of a comprehensive roadmap. 



Zainab Salih

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