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July 2018

Weaving a Brighter Future

Yazidi Women Reclaiming Their Lives

Khazal, Ibtisam and Flous were total strangers before their villages around the Yazidi town of Sinjar came under violent ISIL attacks in 2014. Four years later, they are sharing the same workspace at IOM’s Khanke Carpet Factory, forming a companionship in which they share their joys and sorrows, and weave hope into carpets for a brighter future. Click to read more

More Help Needed for Yazidis Struggling to Rebuild in Sinjar

Rebuilding their lives has brought immense challenges for families who chose to return to areas around Sinjar. The local Mukhtar of Hardan village explained that about one fifth of families have returned.  Read more

IOM Iraq has been actively providing Mental Health and Psychosocial Support services to vulnerable displaced persons. "I want each girl to get what I get, to feel strong." Read more

Mosul: One Year After
"On this day last year (July 9, 2017), the Government of Iraq officially declared that Mosul has been retaken after nine months of fierce fighting to dislodge ISIL from the country’s second largest city."  Read more
Latest data on displacement and returns in Iraq 
(July 31, 2018)
IOM Iraq Highlights

UN Migration Agency Iraq releases dataset from Integrated Location Assessment Round III. Read more
Household items distributed to 500 vulnerable returnee families in Fallujah, Anbar. Read more
IOM inaugurated a psychosocial and recreational centre in Al-Haidria district, Najaf. Read more

Return and Recovery Unit Snapshot

Nahooda, a widowed returnee in Fallujah, successfully expanded her small grocery business with IOM's assistance. She and her five children are now enjoying a better standard of living. For more information about IOM's work on Return and Recovery, read the latest quarterly Snapshot. 

Alaa: “I had left everything behind in Syria to come to Iraq: my family, my lifestyle, my friends and my childhood memories. I want to tell people that even when life feels dark, it goes on.” Read more
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