Our Stories

  • Mosul University: From conflict to classroom
    Aug 10, 2017

    Mosul, 10 August 2017- After two-and-a-half years of ISIL’s reign, students are returning to university in the newly-liberated city of Mosul.

  • Freed from ISIL, Mosul slowly comes back to life
    Jul 31, 2017

    More than 1 million Iraqis have been displaced from Mosul since military operations to retake the city from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) began in October 2016 - of those who fled the city, more than 800,000 are still displaced. The conflict and two-and-a-half years of ISIL control left homes, schools, health facilities, and other key infrastructure in ruins.

  • With support from UNDP and Toyota Iraq, displaced Iraqi youth learn job skills and regain hope for a better life
    Jun 28, 2017

    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.

  • A Socio-cultural Centre is benefiting thousands of people in Arbat, Sulaimaniyah
    Jun 21, 2017

    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.”

  • Enabling children to grow, develop skills and remain safe
    Jun 8, 2017

    Basra, 08 June 2017- “Every day on my way home from school, my friends and I spend our afternoon playing at the playground,” said Mahdi, 11, from Al Nashwa sub-district of Basra, South of Iraq.

  • UNDP-Shell Partnership: Carving the path to sustainable economic growth
    May 3, 2017

    Basra, 03 May 2017- Along with his father, 37 year-old Nazeer has been running the family’s small carpentry workshop for years in Basra, South of Iraq. His business is based on building doors for houses in his village in Al Nashwah sub-district of Basra.

  • UNDP-Shell Partnership: Reshaping a learning journey
    Apr 23, 2017

    Basra, 23 April 2017- Baneen is amongst the nearly 300 students at Al Jawadain Primary School enjoying and benefiting from new facilities, rehabilitated in early 2016 under the UNDP-Shell Partnership.

  • Berevan and Sabiha rebuild their lives after suffering violence and displacement
    Mar 8, 2017

    Baghdad, 08 March 2017- Women and girls in Iraq have become more vulnerable as a result of the ongoing conflict and instability, as well as the increasing numbers of refugees and internally displaced people. In response, UNDP has been working with the Government and civil society to raise awareness, address violations, and build preventive mechanisms, specifically related to sexual and gender based violence (SGBV).

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