Stories


Painting for pupils: Beautifying Mosul’s schools

A dedicated team of residents from Mosul — mostly women — are earning an income by providing almost 200 schools with new desks, colourful murals and luscious plants.  


Sowing the seeds of hope

As Mosul’s first female Project Manager, Mahasin is challenging traditional gender roles in Iraq with confidence, hope and determination.  


Reading and rebuilding: Mosul University Library

Mosul University’s Central Library — once a cultural icon — was ravaged by ISIL. But that hasn’t stopped students continuing their love for reading.  


What happens next: Responding to disasters and building for the future.

The average conflict lasts nine years and most displaced families are away from their homes for 17 years. This places a strain on refugees and their host communities, creating even bigger chasms of…  


Iraq After ISIL: Repairing Homes, Rebuilding Communities

During the battle to liberate Iraq from ISIL, millions of people fled their homes. When they returned, many found their homes damaged or destroyed. UNDP is working to repair thousands of homes across…  


The women rebuilding Iraq

After nearly four years of conflict with ISIL, Iraq is recovering. Meet 15 women defying traditional gender roles and working to stabilize the country.  


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…  

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