20 September 2017
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"Please don't give up," urges a message at a clinic in Dohuk, Iraq, specializing in treatment for survivors of sexual violence. Sexual and gender-based violence are commonly seen as tactics of warfare. © UNFPAIraq/Turchenkova
UNITED NATIONS, New York – “Our girls were not born to be sexual slaves. Each one of them had a dream or goal for future,” Zina Salim Hassan, a 21-year-old Yazidi advocate, told UNFPA ahead of an United Nations event... Read more
9 December 2016
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For the first time in over two weeks, security conditions permitted humanitarian groups to access eastern Mosul. © UNICEF Iraq/2016/Khuzaie
BAGHDAD, Iraq – The single largest humanitarian aid delivery in eastern Mosul was completed today. It was the first time in more than two weeks security conditions permitted humanitarian agencies to reach the area.... Read more
30 November 2016
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The Dohuk Women's Centre offers specialized, sensitive care for survivors of ISIL's brutality. © UNFPA/Khetam Malkawi
DUHOK, Iraq – “I was raped. I hated life and attempted suicide,” described Maha*, a 19-year-old Yazidi woman who was abducted by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL, also known as Daesh or ISIS). She was enslaved... Read more
18 November 2016
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Case workers finish a meeting at the survivors' centre in Dohuk. The facility provides a full range of support services for survivors of gender-based violence. © UNFPA Iraq/Turchenkova
DUHOK, Iraq – The town of Duhok, in northern Iraq, is filled with survivors of conflict. More than 46,000 people are scattered across three displacement camps, and thousands more are living outside the camps, according... Read more
3 November 2016
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A displaced family walks under a sky blackened by burning oil wells in Qayyarah, south of Mosul. Nineteen oil wells were set ablaze as ISIL retreated from the area. © OCHA/ Themba Linden
QAYYARAH, Iraq – With military operations underway to retake Mosul from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS or Daesh), thousands of civilians have fled and displacement is expected to... Read more
3 October 2016
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Muna was left to fend for her children alone in the Domiz refugee camp in Iraq. © UNFPA Iraq/Khetam Malkawi
DUHOK, Iraq – When 28-year-old Muna* fled the turmoil in Syria three years ago, she did not imagine she would wind up alone, shouldering sole responsibility for her children’s care, all while under constant threat of... Read more
19 August 2016
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Dignity kits are distributed in a camp in Amiriyat Fallujah. © Tajdid NGO
BAGHDAD, Iraq – Residents of the long-embattled city of Fallujah are accustomed to hardship. But even for this battle-tested population, life under the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) was... Read more
8 August 2016
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Dozens of survivors of abduction and enslavement are receiving care at a UNFPA-supported women’s centre in northern Iraq. © UNFPA Iraq
KHANKE, Iraq – “Do not blame me for repeating my story, as what happened to me is the unforgettable story of my life,” Golleh*, a Yazidi woman, said. She had been abducted by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (... Read more
27 April 2016
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KARBALA, Iraq – Nadyia had to make a decision. Shortly after members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) seized control of Tall Afar, in north-western Iraq, she says the militants forcibly removed her... Read more
16 March 2016
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UNITED NATIONS, New York – “When there is armed conflict, it is often more dangerous to be a woman than a soldier,” said Susana Camarero Benitez, Spain’s Secretary of State for Equality and Social Services, during an... Read more

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