Iraq Program Updates

Speeches Shim

Last updated: September 07, 2021

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.” 

March 10, 2021

When Basma’s family was displaced to Sheikhan from Sinjar following the occupation of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), she enrolled in Rehat School, one of the oldest and most crowded schools in the area. Being a naturally sociable person, she was not bothered by the number of students nor the limited space. Instead, Basma was frustrated that she could not find a place outside the classroom to get to know her new classmates. “The building was old, and the schoolyard was like a forest of weeds and dirt. It was the only place that we could have used to relax and talk, but it was inaccessible.”

Proud Iraqi Woman Voting in Nasiriyah
March 4, 2021

USAID is providing a grant for electoral support activities across the country to bolster efforts by the Government of Iraq and Iraqi civil society to hold free and fair elections and enhance voter engagement.

Tile Factory in Mosul, Iraq
February 18, 2021

Working hand in hand with the Government of Iraq, economic and civil society leaders, and vulnerable communities, USAID is helping to pull households out of poverty and promote long-term economic growth by diversifying and strengthening the Iraqi private sector and improving the business investment climate.