Crisis in Iraq

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News on Iraq

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.
11 December 2014 Displaced Iraqi health workers empowered to serve community
ERBIL, Iraq – Dr. Suhair Abdul Alghffar, an obstetrician in Iraq, understands the hardships her patients face, having essentially walked in their shoes. She is one of an estimated 2 million people thought who are...

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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.

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Regional Situation Report for Syria Crisis #33 - 1-31 May
No one in Syria has escaped the impact of four years of civil war. The country has almost lost four decades of human development. Today, four out of five Syrians live in poverty, misery, and deprivation. People live in...
Regional Situation Report for Syria Crisis #32 - 1-30 April
UNFPA, together with the international community, has been urging for a quick end to the Syrian crisis, warning against further deterioration of the humanitarian situation and calling for the rights of women and girls...

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