Safe Return

While the crimes of ISIS affected many parts of Iraq and Syria since early 2014, there are few places where the suffering was longer or more severe than in Iraq’s Ninewa province. With ISIS’s genocide against Iraq’s Yazidi community and other atrocities, many internally displaced persons (IDPs) hesitate to return home because of distrust and fear of further violence. The presence of militias, explosive remnants of war (ERW), destroyed homes, lack of basic services and other factors have also discouraged returns. In 2019, IHAO joined a USAID-funded consortium of organizations led by Heartland Alliance International (HAI) to design and carry out “Safe Return”, an innovative 30-month pilot project to support the safe and voluntary return of IDPs who have survived severe human rights abuses to their homes in Ninewa.


The targeted locates are:

  • Bashiqa (and villages in central and northern Ninewa Plains including Tel Eskuf and TelAfar)
  • Qaraqosh (and villages in southern Ninewa Plains and Karamless)
  • Sinjar city and areas around Jebel Sinjar.

The primary target of this project are :

  • 800 minority community survivors of severe human rights violations.
  • 4000 family members and dependents


Sinjar Distribution of Kerosene in Saradashti W10 (3)


Returning minority victims of severe human rights violations have basic needs met sufficiently to enable return  also to achieve financial self-sufficiency through:

  1. Returning minority IDPs obtain case management services tailored for survivors of violence. (the provision of comprehensive case management services to ensure that program participants access all benefits to which they are entitled)
  2. Returning minority IDPs obtain basic health care services. (the provision of  basic primary health care and trauma-informed Sexual and Reproductive Health services in each center)
  3. Returning minority IDPs experience increased psychosocial well-being. (the provision of  psychosocial support (PSS) services to participants at service centers in Bashiqa, Qaraqosh and Sinjar)
  4. Returning minority IDPs experience decreased symptoms of depression and PTSD.(the provision of specialized psychological services to individuals with significant depression or traumatic stress)
  5. Returning minority IDPs acquire livelihoods skills and establish business enterprises. ( train participants for semi-skilled professions then Provide direct support to small-scale enterprises operated by program participants)


IHAO  is working hard to make sure that the program participants meet all their basic need, In the previous period and because of IHAO dedicated and hard work, they were able to:

  • provide comprehensive medical services to more than 13,000 people.
  • Provide basic and advanced training to more than 1000 people in all the centers.
  • Provide MHPSS services to more than 1200 people in all the centers