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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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Easy and Affordable Counsel

Many Iraqis confronting the judicial system do not have either the legal knowledge on how to defend or enforce their rights nor have the financial means to afford counsel. Eliza, a 14 year old Iraqi Kurdish girl fell in love with the neighbours’ son and became pregnant. “When our families found out, more

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Equality Means Business

Stories of economic achievement of Iraqi women inspire banks into establishing financing facilities for small entrepreneurs A number of remarkable Iraqi women entrepreneurs who managed to break social barriers and venture with successful small businesses came together to share the challenges they fa 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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Innovative Iraqi idea receives top prize

Unemployment among Iraq’s youth poses a major challenge to the country’s development. In 2011, 18 per cent of youths aged 15-24 were reported to be unemployed. Despite this, a number of remarkable young Iraqi entrepreneurs are managing to break through and establish successful businesses. One such i more

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Marking International Volunteer Day

The United Nations marked International Volunteer Day for the first time in Iraq on 5 December. The event, held in Erbil under the theme “Volunteer Action Counts” was attended by the civil society, students from Salahadin University, the Government and the United Nations.  “The Kurdistan Region more

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My Voice Counts: Women at Iraq's Electoral Commission

Casting a vote at the ballot box is among the most important gestures that a citizen of voting age can make in a democratic country. When working on preparations for Iraq's April 2013 provincial council elections, preparations are going well at the Independent High Electoral Commission and the elect 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