Stories


Smiles behind scars: the faces of West Anbar

One year ago, west Anbar was liberated from ISIL, clearing a long-awaited path to freedom for the people of Iraq. Today, hope is being restored.  


Samoun in the city

It was his beloved bakery that brought Abdul Karim back to his hometown in western Iraq, almost four years after escaping ISIL.  


Cash-for-Work project in Halabja paves a safer and easier road to school for local children

To neighbours in the communities of Azadi and Sirwan, in northern Iraq, paved roads mean much more than improved accessibility for cars. Once loose dust and rock, the road network connecting homes and…  


Keeping Hamdaniya Healthy

Four years ago in Iraq, the biggest hospital in Hamdaniya was looted, set alight, and vandalized by ISIL. Today, it’s a thriving health facility serving more than 350,000 people, including some of…  


Safe spaces, secure futures through employment for youth in Iraq

Through the Funding Facility for Stabilization and the Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme, UNDP is creating #SafeSpaces4Youth in Iraq through employment; building hope and securing futures…  


Staying safe in Iraq

On this year’s international Youth Day, see how UNDP is working with the Government of Iraq to create #SafeSpaces4Youth  


Escaping from ISIL, a Yazidi sexual violence survivor rebuilds her life

After the rise of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)/Da’esh in 2014, the Government and people of Iraq have suffered from the impact of one the decade’s worst conflicts, which…  


An Ancient River With A Modern Bridge

On a hot, windless summer’s day, a crowd gathered on the banks of the Euphrates to celebrate a significant moment for its citizens. The Fallujah Iron Bridge, the iconic landmark around since the…  


A long journey home

In Iraq’s Ninewa plains, UNDP is rehabilitating 2,100 houses destroyed during the ISIL conflict. Six families share their stories about returning home.  


UNDP-Toyota Iraq: a recipe for success to improve the lives of displaced Iraqi youth

UNDP’s Iraq Crisis Response and Resilience Programme (ICRRP) partnered with one of the world’s leading automotive companies, Toyota Iraq, to offer unique opportunities for displaced youth who struggle…  

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