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Bringing Back the Smile - Zuhria’s story

Zuhria Ahmed Yonis was only 15 years old when she lost one of her legs.  "It was spring time. I went with my mother and friends to harvest, when suddenly a mine exploded under my feet.”  Zuhria said. Zuhria is married and is the mother of five children. Three of Zuhria’s childr more

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Dignity Restored - Maryam's Story

Maryam lives with her husband and two children in a small and dilapidated house in Penjwen.  She was injured by an unexploded ordnance in 1982.   After her accident, she was isolated until she was approached with an offer by the UNDP-supported Iraqi NGO, the Kurdistan Organisation for Reha more

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Fallujah Maternity and Children’s Hospital Opens

The city of Fallujah, in Anbar Governorate, is home to approximately 700,000 people. Fallujah experienced some of the greatest violence and conflict in Iraq since May 2003. The city and the surrounding areas were left with severely deteriorated health services and a lack of effective facilities, par more

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New Shop, New Life - Amin’s Story

Amin Hassan Sulaiman was only ten years old when he lost his right leg, left arm, left eye and three fingers from his right hand after a mine exploded in his field.  “I was grazing animals in Spring 2001 in my village Bekma when I found the strange object” Amin remembers.  Amin’s li more

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The Hidden Danger - Hakim’s story

Hakim Salih Hakim is the head of his household and is the father of three children.  He lives in the Soran district of the Erbil Governorate and previously worked as a guard at a government’s office. “Life wasn’t too bad then, we had our own place and I had a steady income from my job,” Ha more

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UNDP Improves Access to Water

To address water shortages in Iraq, UNDP under the Expanded Humanitarian Response Fund, funded Iraqi NGO al-Rafidain Feministic Organisation to improve water access for Al-Bou Rishaa Village in the Khudir District of Muthanna. The village has three residential compounds with more than 250 houses not more

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UNDP hands over new Community Policing stations in Basra

During a recent ceremony UNDP Iraq handed over two brand new, state of the art police stations in Basra. The stations have been specifically designed to support Community Policing and will serve as models to others. The UNDP Iraq project, generously funded by the Government of Japan has assisted the more

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