Ninawa province's local government on Monday (March 5th) began to pay financial compensation to people whose property has been damaged as result of acts of terrorism carried out by the "Islamic State of Iraq and Syria" (ISIS).
This is the first round of compensation offered since Ninawa's liberation from ISIS last August, said Duraid Hikmat, an adviser to the governor of Ninawa.
After the liberation battles ended, the local government started receiving "thousands of requests from citizens of the province whose homes, cars or property had been damaged as a result of terrorism", he told Diyaruna.
The province formed teams to review and study these requests, he said, noting that the work included field surveys to assess the damage and an assessment of the appropriate funds to be granted.
These committees "have so far completed processing the first batch of applications of some 1,850 people", who began receiving compensation payments on Monday (March 5th), he said.
Claim recipients come from "all cities in the province, without exception", he added, expressing his hope that the current batch will soon be followed by other rounds of compensation with larger numbers of beneficiaries.
Meanwhile, he added, the dedicated teams are working "quickly and smoothly to avoid any delays in providing due benefits to affected citizens".
The compensation mechanism includes "estimating the total value of the damage and giving the victim half of the money he needs with a certified check from the bank, while he is responsible for the other half", Hikmat said.
This mechanism was used in the years before ISIS's 2014 incursion into Ninawa for cases of damage caused by bombings and terror attacks, he said.
"There is not a specific figure for the compensation amount awarded," he said, explaining that "it depends on the scale and type of damage, which varies from one person to another".
Hikmat stressed the importance of the payment of compensation, describing it as "a necessary part of the efforts to build the foundations of stability in the province in the post-terrorism era".
ISIS "has brought destruction to every part of the province, and the time has now come to compensate all those affected and help them rebuild their homes, shops and sources of livelihood", he added.
Such compensation will help alleviate the weight of the problems, he said, and encourage the population to resume its normal life and focus on the future.