Thousands of Iraqi students back to school in Diyala after ISIS expulsion

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Iraqi school children. File photo

ARA News 

ZAKHO Thousands of students, who have been displaced from their areas in Iraq’s eastern Diyala province due to ISIS invasion, have returned to their schools, the education committee of Diyala said on Tuesday. 

According to the committee, over 30,000 Iraqi students are now back to schools in Diyala subsequent to the expulsion of the Islamic State (ISIS) radical group. 

Diyala province was liberated from ISIS militants in January 2015, after heavy fighting between the group and Iraqi army forces. Recently, thousands of families have been able to return home after years of displacement. 

“The education committee in Diyala’s provincial council together with the General Directorate for Education have succeeded in securing the return of more than 30,000 displaced students to schools in the liberated areas with the launch of the academic year 2016-2017,” head of the committee Ahmed al-Rabii said on Tuesday.

According to the Diyala education committee, the return of the students to schools “was essential in reviving the liberated areas”.

“The return of thousands of displaced students to school is a success that was achieved due to the cooperation of all government parties,” Rabii told the local Al-Sumaria television.

“Dozens of schools in the liberated areas will open their doors to students after ensuring all basic needs,” he said.

However, al-Rabii pointed out that “the educational institutions in the liberated areas had suffered from serious damage due to the operations undertaken by extremist groups after June 2014.”

ISIS spearheaded a militant offensive that began in the northern city of Mosul in June 2014 and swept down to overrun much of Iraq’s Sunni Arab heartland.

reporting by: Eyaz Ciziri

Source: ARA News

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