Crisis in Iraq


News on Iraq

Displaced families share an Iftar meal at the women's centre in Saad Camp. © UNFPA/Eman Al Qoloub WCC /Rusul Abdul Kareem
16 July 2015 “Hosting a bigger family”: Displaced Iraqis come together for Ramadan
More than three million people have been displaced by the violence engulfing Iraq. Iraqi families are now observing the holy month of Ramadan – many from tents or trailers, in unfamiliar surroundings.
Asma with her friends at the women’s safe space. “I am happy in the sewing session,” she said. “My teacher is from the same place I came from. We speak the same language and share the same memories.” © UNFPA/Shayda Hesammi
29 April 2015 After flight from Syria, refugee women in Iraq find safety, support
ERBIL, Iraq – When 39-year-old Asma crossed the border from Syria into Iraq, all she could think about was the son she was leaving behind. “It was the worst day of my life – worse than all the shooting and attacks in...
Syrian refugees remove snow from their shelters at an informal tented settlement in   the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, during a January blizzard. © UNHCR/A. McConnell
20 February 2015 Fierce winter weather batters displaced Syrians throughout region
BEIRUT/DAMASCUS/ERBIL/ZAATARI – “A bullet to the chest without armor, that’s what a storm of this proportion feels like for people with little shelter,” said a Syrian woman refugee in Saida, Lebanon.



Millions of people in Iraq have been internally displaced by fighting between government forces and armed opposition groups. Tens of thousands have sought refuge in Sinjar, a desert mountain, since the violence intensified in August 2014. The emergency has been complicated by the arrival of hundreds of thousands of refugees who have sought safety from the crisis in neighbouring Syria.

UNFPA is helping to deliver quality obstetric services to pregnant women affected by the crisis, distributing reproductive health kits for antenatal and postnatal care to hospitals and family planning centers. The Fund is also supporting the distribution of hygiene supplies to women and girls of reproductive age. Additionally, in clinics and safe spaces in camps and shelters, UNFPA is working with partners to provide essential health services to women of reproductive age, and is supporting psychosocial care for women and girls affected by violence or trauma.

For the most up-to-date information, see Situation Reports.


Regional Situation Report for Syria Crisis #35 - 1-31 July 2015
Violence has escalated in several parts of Syria. Of the 4.6 million people living in hard-to-reach areas, 422,000 remained besieged. This included 26,500 people besieged by non-state armed groups in Nebula and Zahra,...
Regional Situation Report for Syria Crisis #34 - 1-30 June 2015
Millions of Syrians have been forcibly displaced internally or into the surrounding region as a result of persecution and conflict, as well as human rights violations. The Syrian conflict is taking on dramatic...