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Shrapnel, security and sectarianism: A reporter's diary on Iraqi displacement

(Annie Slemrod/IRIN)

Eastern Mosul has now been freed from so-called Islamic State. But more than three million people across the country are still displaced, and many are facing another threat: the bitter winter cold.

Listen to this reporter's diary and join IRIN Middle East Editor Annie Slemrod on her first trip to Iraq, as she tries to find out why so many of the displaced are not able to go home, even after their towns and cities are liberated. Be transported to a desert camp home to 50,000, a Baghdad mosque where families have taken shelter, and meet the Iraqi politicians wrapped up in the crisis that will play a key role in Iraq's future.

Click here to download and listen, stream it on SoundCloud below, or watch the audio-slideshow at the bottom of the page.

A reporter's diary on Iraqi displacement

Annie Slemrod/Zena Kells/IRIN
Annie Slemrod's reporter's diary on Iraqi displacement
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