Enduring life under worn-out tents
550 displaced families in Kirkuk’s Yahyawa camp unable to return home

Ahmed Qasim- Kirkuk A total of 550 displaced families sheltered in Yahyawa IDP camp in eastern Kirkuk are still unable to return to their homes in Ninewa province despite that their areas have been retaken from Islamic State (IS) militants since August 2017. The families fled Tala’far, Ninewa’s largest district, as IS swept into the […]

IOM study: Over half a million displaced persons still live in IDP camps

KirkukNow A recent study issued by the International Organization for Migration says more than 1.8 million Iraqi displaced persons have not returned to their homes yet and plan to stay where they are over the next 12 months. The report indicated that “as a result of the conflict with ISIS, over 500,000 are in camps […]

Security instability forces the evacuation of more villages in Khanaqin

Hawre Azad- Diyala More than half of the residents of Muhammad Shirbag village in Diyala’s northeastern town of Khanaqin have fled their homes due to security threats, becoming the third village in the area to evacuate since October 2017, after Iraqi forces took over security responsibilities for the disputed territory. Khanaqin is a multi-ethnic town […]

In Pictures: Despite her burdensome life, Basna is determined to pursue her dreams

Ammar Aziz- Duhok   “My name is Basna Mirza. I’m 25 years old from Shingal’s Khanasur residential compound.” “Currently we live in an uncompleted house in Sharya IDP camp in Duhok province.” “I graduated from high school 5 years ago but my marks didn’t qualify me for admission to any universities or institutes.” “No one […]

Daquq villagers: “No one is protecting us”
The fate of 4 kidnapped farmers remains unknown

  Muhammad Almas- Kirkuk Four local farmers recently abducted by unknown gunmen in two villages in Daquq, south of Kirkuk are still missing. The gunmen whom locals and security forces believe thew were Islamic State (IS) militants on January 17th, 2019 stormed the villages of Rubeza and Banshakh west of Daquq and kidnapped four villagers. […]

Kurdish political parties to launch an initiative to end political deadlock in Kirkuk

Soran Muhammad- Kirkuk  The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) and the Turkmen Front are coordinating their efforts to resolve disputes in the multi-ethnic province of Kirkuk; meanwhile, Kurdish political parties are discussing the formation of a joint committee to end the deadlock. Last week’s PUK officials meetings with the Turkmen Front and Badr Organization was […]

Internally displaced women brave the misfortunes to build a better life

Nigar Omer- KirkukNow The security turmoil and the conflicts in Iraq, apart from their catastrophic outcomes, have been an opportunity for women to test their ability to face the challenges side-by-side with men. Fatima Muhammad, 56, is an internally displaced woman who currently runs her own business. She lives in Rizgari, a sub-district in Kalar. […]

Customs checkpoints on roads connecting Kirkuk and Mosul with Kurdistan Region to be removed

KirkukNow- Kirkuk The Iraqi government’s economic affairs’ committee has decided to remove customs checkpoints placed on main roads linking Kirkuk and Mosul to Kurdistan Region provinces to “encourage and boost domestic trade.” The checkpoints were set up under former PM Haider al-Abbadi in September 2018, imposing extra tariffs on goods imported through the Kurdistan Region […]

Two displaced sisters face life bitterness with their handmade sweets     

Nigar Omer- KirkukNow Although the majority of her customers were mainly Kurds, Barakat –an Arab woman- was able to communicate with them smoothly like an experienced saleswoman. Barakat Abdul-Majid , 27, is making different types of traditional sweets and have acquired a good reputation for her work becoming an example of successful working women who […]

Ezidi women who survived Islamic State brutality remain trapped in living nightmares

Ammar Aziz- Ninewa Beze Elyas had to leave her little baby boy behind just outside Shingal (Sinjar) because she was so exhausted that she couldn’t carry him in her arms anymore. The then unstoppable Islamic State (IS) militants were approaching towards the predominantly Ezidi town west of Ninewa province. Marwan, Beze’s only son was only […]

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