Iraq Program Updates

Speeches Shim

Last updated: April 01, 2021

March 31, 2021

Nadia’s Initiative (NI), the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) are working together to scale up support to Yazidi survivors of genocide. USAID, IOM and NI will assist members of the community who survived the genocide in accessing durable solutions through the construction of new housing units in close proximity to the old town, alongside other tailored measures to help families feel safe, heard, and supported in their recovery.

3 youth on bikes in Qaraqosh, Iraq
March 31, 2021

Advancing gender equality is at the core of USAID’s efforts to promote greater stability and prosperity, and support a more transparent and participatory democratic process in Iraq.

USAID-funded sewing machines distribution in Iraq
March 24, 2021

Without a clear pathway towards durable solutions for IDPs and survivors of conflict, instability will continue to prevail across the country. USAID is supporting the return and reintegration of Iraqis through programs that provide tools and resources to help individuals and communities recover from crisis.

March 18, 2021

It took Faiza* six months from the day she first talked to her lawyer to be sure that she wanted  to file for a divorce. Faiza’s father arranged her marriage before she turned 18-years old. Faiza’s husband treated her violently and one day, he never came home, leaving Faiza to care for the children and to address the challenges caused by her son’s lack of identification. Coping with abandonment, her past experiences of abuse, and the complications of getting her son’s ID, Faiza felt trapped and scared for her life. 

March 11, 2021

When her husband left to work overseas, Roj and her three children were left to live with her abusive in-laws, who controlled her life: from mobility and social contacts to accessing money. “In the beginning, I was very scared of them, they [in-laws] were beating me and beating the children,” recalled Roj. Though she dreamt of escaping, the fact that her children did not have identification was a major obstacle. Without identification, the children could not be enrolled in school. “My son lost one year of school. He cried and pleaded with me to tell his father to make his ID.”