Basra, June 2017- Over 65 potential Iraqi entrepreneurs have been recently trained on establishing small businesses, business management and financial literacy under the UNDP-Shell Partnership in Basra, South of Iraq.
Arbat, 21 June 2017- “I have no words to express the suffering we went through. I managed to flee Yathrib along with my wife and our two daughters, yet the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) killed my three sons. Since then we are hosted in a camp in Arbat, and we thought we were forgotten. We are so glad to have a space where we can interact with other displaced people and members of the host community. We need support to heal our trauma.”
Erbil-Tokyo, 28 June 2017 – More than three million Iraqis are currently displaced as a result of the protracted conflict in Iraq. The experience of displacement has been particularly difficult for young people, whose education and employment opportunities have been upended. Immediate support is urgently needed to provide these young people with income opportunities to help them restart their lives and rebuild their country.
The Dost Bakery, a small cake factory, was established in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq in the autumn of 2015. Dost means “friend” in Kurdish, and the bakery is indeed run by ten friends, all women and most of them displaced members of the Yazidi minority, now living in and around the Sharia Camp near the city of Dohuk.
“My family and I have been living in this area for a long time. It has been so difficult and expensive to obtain clean water for drinking or other purposes,” said Mr. Hussein Salim, a worker who lives in the neighborhood of the 5-Miles Camp for Internally Displaced Peoples (IDPs) in Basra. “With this project we will be able to come here and pay a reasonable price for our daily use,” he added, commenting on the opening of a new Reverse Osmosis (RO) water plant in the popular al-Asri market on 1 February 2016.
The long conflict in Iraq has gravely affected the education sector, imposing numerous challenges on accessibility, delivery, sustainability and quality of this vital public service. Over time, specifically the poor quality of facilities available to students can be a demotivating factor that limits learning opportunities.