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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Persistence and self-confidence turned these women into business owners in Garmian

Nigar Omer- Garmian Dozens of women in the Garmian area have become successful entrepreneurs in the last couple of years, after overcoming numerous hurdles; some of them are pursuing bigger dreams. These women entrepreneurs say they were able to achieve success in theirs first ever ventures and help provide a better life for their families. […]

An estimated 3,000 displaced Christian families have not returned to Ninewa yet

Ammar Aziz- Ninewa A recent survey by the Kurdistan regional Government (KRG)’s ministry of Awqaf and religious affairs indicates that an estimated 3,000 displaced Christians families which fled Ninewa after the Islamic State (IS) group took over Ninewa in 2014 have not returned to their homes yet. Meanwhile, returnees criticize the lack of essential services […]

Khanaqin villages join forces in the face of emerging Islamic State threats

KirkukNow- Diyala Dozens of villages in the environs of Khanaqin, Diyala are adopting a joint self-defense strategy to confront threats of Islamic State militants operating in the area. Villagers have decided to undertake security responsibilities and protect their areas in coordination with Iraqi security forces, after a series of terrorist attacks in the past weeks […]

PUK hoists Kurdish flag on its offices in Kirkuk
Acting governor calls for military intervention by Baghdad

KirkukNow- Kirkuk The Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK) raised the flag of the Kurdistan Region on its party headquarters and offices in Kirkuk, prompting concerns by some other parties, while the acting governor requested the Iraqi government to send in reinforcements. Late on Tuesday, January 8th the PUK, in an unexpected move, hoisted the Kurdish […]

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