Plumbing with Passion in Fallujah

Suhaib’s story represents a larger narrative unfolding in Fallujah and in many areas of return in Iraq – a story of reconciliation and rebuilding. Both Suhaib and Wisam were displaced from their homes – living in Baghdad for a couple of years before returning to Fallujah. Now that peace has returned, their interest is in getting their lives back on course. 

“Acceptance has become commonplace, and sensitivity has reduced, It’s not like before,” Wisam remarked. Further emphasizing, that for him, skills were more important than an individual’s past since what he needs right now are skilled workers. 

According to assessments conducted by Human Appeal before the project started, vocational trades provided the most employment opportunities for young people, yet only a few expressed interest in them. It is for precisely that reason that workshop owners, like Wisam, are eager to partner with the project to provide job placements for trainees. This collaboration has supported efforts to promote reintegration and acceptance while addressing the economic needs of the communities. 

Ammar Mahmoud, the Director of the Organisations Department in the Fallujah Mayor’s office (pictured left) stressed the importance of such initiatives for restoring the local economy and fostering peaceful reintegration. 

“We are happy that UNDP and different organisations are promoting these activities as they encourage returnee acceptance in the communities, particularly for widows who are increasingly seen as innocent victims,” he said. Adding that with the growing construction sector, every addition to its manpower creates employment and fosters peace. 

For UNDP, this is the start of a new and peaceful Iraq where communities work together towards sustainable development.

About this initiative 

Through its Community-Based Reconciliation and Reintegration in Iraq (C2RI) project – a part of its Social Cohesion Programme, UNDP is working with partners Human Appeal to promote return, reintegration, and social cohesion in Iraq’s areas of return. Implemented in Kirkuk, Diyala, and Anbar Governates, the C2RI project has already impacted 170 beneficiaries, including 82 women across all the Governorates. 

With a target of reaching 9000 individuals in 2024, these efforts, supported by UNDP’s Funding Window for Peacebuilding, are instrumental in laying the foundation for a peaceful and socially cohesive Iraqi society as the country embarks on its sustainable development journey.

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