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Reaching the unreachable: The return and reintegration of families perceived as affiliated with ISIL in Iraq

“We faced many challenges. We left everything behind, even our cars. We fled only with the clothes on our backs.” Ahmad, member of a family perceived as ISIL-affiliated from Anbar Governorate.  


Employment in crises: Conversation between livelihoods specialists in Iraq

Two livelihood specialists based in northern and central Iraq share their thoughts on creating employment opportunities for Iraqis post-ISIL  


Solar power for women empowerment

“It is the moment when all goes dark and silent where I ask myself: what can I do to fix this?” conveyed Rita-Maria Fahed, 24 years-old from Kfaryachit.  


Power on: A neighborhood transformed

How restoring electricity has transformed the lives of residents in Mosul.  


Styling Your Way to Stability

How a Yemeni cosmetologist built her business despite all challenges  


Aden and Mukalla: Yemen’s Seaside Havens

In Yemen, the on-going violent conflict has threatened lives and livelihoods in more ways than one. But even in the quiet days, a lack of resources for water and sanitation institutions threatens to…  


Surviving COVID-19: Ajeeba’s story

When Ajeeba Ismael Hashim, 75, contracted COVID-19 this April, her symptoms were severe. She had a persistent cough, striking chest pain and a very high fever.  


Advocating equality: Gender mainstreaming in societal peacebuilding at the local level in Iraq

For sustainable change to occur, a gender perspective must be considered at every level of society. From 15 to 17 June 2021, UNDP Iraq, in partnership with Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) and…  


Israa’s Homemade Khubz for Sale

Israa Sobhi Hassan from Baiji city in Salah al-Din lives with her family by a busy main road in a large house with distinct green murals at the entrance. Inside this house, the mother of six runs a…  


Leaving no one behind in Tripoli

Tripoli, Lebanon’s second largest city and the center of the North Governorate, has been facing immense challenges for decades making it one of Lebanon’s poorest and most marginalized cities.  

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