‘Ghost city’ of Raqqa: Civilians struggle to survive without electricity & proper water supply

Nearly four months after its liberation from Islamic State, people from the Syrian city of Raqqa are slowly returning to what’s left of their homes. But many buildings in the city remain riddled with landmines and booby-traps. Locals say they’ve been left to take on the reconstruction by themselves.

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Mosul was liberated by the US-led coalition and Iraqi forces back in July, after months of fierce fighting and airstrikes. Some 40,000 homes need to be rebuilt there or repaired, according to the UN. The US says it has no plans to contribute money.