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
7 October 2015
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‘Aida struggled to recover from the memories of the Sarin gas attacks in Ghouta, Syria. After her family fled to Lebanon, services at a women’s centre helped her start a small business. © UNFPA/David Brunetti
AMMAN, Jordan – “I’d just gotten off the night shift,” said ‘Aida*, a nurse, describing the morning her neighbourhood in Ghouta, Syria, was attacked with Sarin gas. “My son called out to me. He couldn’t see.” It was 21... Read more
16 July 2015
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Displaced families share an Iftar meal at the women's centre in Saad Camp. © UNFPA/Eman Al Qoloub WCC /Rusul Abdul Kareem
DIYALA, Iraq – More than three million people have been displaced by the violence engulfing Iraq. Amid the persistent insecurity, and the loss of lives, homes and jobs, Iraqi families are observing the holy month of... Read more
29 April 2015
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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
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... Read more
20 February 2015
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Syrian refugees remove snow from their shelters at an informal tented settlement in   the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, during a January blizzard. © UNHCR/A. McConnell
BEIRUT/DAMASCUS/ERBIL/ZAATARI – Fierce winter weather continues to batter displaced populations in the Middle East, crippling transportation and interrupting vital services. “A bullet to the chest without armor, that’s... Read more
11 December 2014
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ERBIL, Iraq – Dr. Suhair Abdul Alghffar, an obstetrician working in Iraq, thoroughly understands the risks and rigors of pregnancy. She also understands the misery of her patients, having essentially walked in their... Read more

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