>> The battle for Mosul is all but over. But after nine months of devastating urban warfare between Islamic State and Iraqi government forces, much of the region has been laid to waste and its residence left with few options. As Reuters Angus MacSwan witnessed.>> More than a million Iraqis have fled their homes in Mosul and surrounding areas in the past nine months.
800,000 of those are still living in displacement camps in the plains surrounding Mosul. Those who have gone home have found their shattered houses, schools destroyed, hospitals wrecked, and they have problems with water, sanitation, and food. Not only that, the fighting is not quite over yet. And they're still having to deal with booby traps and gunfire.
>> Overcoming this crisis will be crucial if the country's to ever become stable again and move past the sectarian rivalry that seeded Islamic State's rise. Iraq's endured never-ending conflict since the 2003 American invasion. In some luckier areas businesses have re-opened, and life continues with a strange new normal.
>> This school in West Mosul re-opened in May when the fighting was still going on around in other parts of the city. And the buildings are still pockmarked, and you can see shattered and wrecked buildings behind us. But there's 850 girls here, they all say they're very glad to be back at school after three years of rule under Islamic State when they were only given Islamic teaching, if any at all.
Many, however, are definitely traumatized by what they've seen in the last few years. Their home lives, some of their homes are ruined, it's difficult at home, and even the school is suffering from lack of power, electricity, and other supplies. Among the lessons they have here, mine and explosive awareness.
>> Officials at one camp said that of 2,000 families there only 23 have returned to their homes. And of those, one later reappeared at the camp, finding that there was nothing left to go back to.