The President of the ICRC, Peter Maurer visited Iraq between 6 and 8 March.
"The big battles may be over, but I am seeing that their consequences are certainly not," Maurer said upon returning. "For all the massive destruction I saw in Ramadi and Fallujah, I saw a lot of reconstruction already taking place, and that's a testimony to the resilience of the Iraqi people."
The president had the opportunity to meet residents of Fallujah, Ramadi and Salahaddin. Some of these men and women lost family members, others lost limbs – but a common refrain was their desire to rebuild their lives.
Shifaa, Khalda, Ayousha, Ismail and Zainab are some of the names of those who, despite it all, are beginning the long journey of starting over.