22 March 2018
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Survivors of gender-based violence require a full range of services, from medical care to counselling to legal support. © UNFPA Iraq
UNITED NATIONS, New York/KHANKE and DOHUK, Iraq – “I was sold more than once,” Resalah* told UNFPA. A member of the Yazidi minority, she was abducted by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS... Read more
19 March 2018
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A UNFPA-supported mobile team performs an ultrasound for a pregnant woman displaced from Afrin. © UNFPA Syria/Sufian Abdulmouty
TAL REFAAT, Syria – A surge in violence in Syria’s northern Afrin region has triggered a mass displacement of the civilian population, with an estimated 98,000 people fleeing as the hostilities approached Afrin City.... Read more
24 January 2018
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A staff member at the newly opened clinic attends to a newborn baby. Image from UNFPA Syria and Al Mawadda
AL-TABQA CITY, Syria – A new reproductive health clinic has been opened in the embattled northern Syrian city of Al-Tabqa, which has been the site of intense fighting over the past five years. The second largest city in... Read more
3 January 2018
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Dr. Hiba Al-Mallah gives family planning counselling to Syrian refugees. She says there are many misconceptions about contraception. © UNFPA Jordan/Elspeth Dehnert
AMMAN, Jordan – “I don’t want more kids and I’m afraid to get pregnant,” said Fatima*, a 37-year-old Syrian refugee and mother of six, at a UNFPA-supported clinic in Jordan’s capital, Amman. But for years she was not... Read more
2 January 2018
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UNFPA and Syrian Arab Red Cross arrived in Sheikh Maqsoud on 28 December, the first time a UN agency has entered the area with aid. © UNFPA Syria
SHEIKH MAQSOUD, Syria – Two mobile reproductive health teams have been deployed to the Sheikh Maqsoud area of Aleppo following the arrival of a UNFPA and Syrian Arab Red Crescent mission on 28 December, the first time a... Read more
15 September 2017
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UNFPA delivered hygiene supplies to the city of Deir Ez-Zor, which had been inaccessible to humanitarians for three years. © Syrian Arab Red Crescent
Damascus, Syria – For the first time in three years, UNFPA has been able to send aid to the city of Deir Ez-Zor, where tens of thousands of people are in urgent need. Relief was provided through a humanitarian convoy... Read more
26 July 2017
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Ruqayya and her newborn recover at the Pan-Armenian Charity clinic, outside the Al-Areesheh displacement camp in north-eastern Syria. © UNFPA Syria
DAMASCUS, Syria – Ruqayya was pregnant when she fled the embattled city of Deir ez-Zor, in north-eastern Syria, with her husband and two young children. The family took refuge in Al-Areesheh camp, in Al-Hasakah... Read more
12 May 2017
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Fatima holds her newborn son, Jad, as she speaks to an aid worker. Displaced by the Syrian conflict, Fatima grew increasingly frail during her pregnancy. © WFP/Hussam Al Saleh
UNITED NATIONS, New York/HOMS, Syria – Motherhood should be a time of joy, but for too many women, it comes with something else: peril. "Becoming a mother and having a family was always a dream of mine. But I never... Read more
1 May 2017
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“There has been an exodus of qualified midwives and reproductive health professionals,” Shatha Al Mostafa told UNFPA. © UNFPA/Nadine Cornier
GAZIANTEP, Turkey – Midwife Shatha Al Mostafa started her career at the most difficult time possible – amid the escalating violence, insecurity and human rights abuses in her home country, Syria. Since graduating from... Read more
6 March 2017
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Fatima and Rasha are visited by a UNFPA coordinator after the birth of their daughters. The babies were born on the same day. © UNFPA Syria
DAMASCUS, Syria – Fatima and Rasha welcomed new children into the world on the same day – an experience that would be completely unremarkable if not for their circumstances. Both women are living in uncertainty after... Read more

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