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Iraq 10 years on: the humanitarian impact

A displaced family sits in their home in Al-Rustumiya IDP settlement on the outskirts of Baghdad. Displaced by Saddam Hussein's de-Arabization policies and then again by the sectarian conflict of 2006-7, the family lives here without proper water, electri
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An Iraqi women looks out the door while an U.S. Marine provides security to a U.S. Navy Corpsman in Salah Ad Din, Iraq on May 14, 2008. U.S. Marines and Soldiers are working with Multi-National Forces West (MNF-W) Joint Combat Element in Operation Destroy

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An Iraqi women looks out the door while an U.S. Marine provides security to a U.S. Navy Corpsman in Salah Ad Din, Iraq on May 14, 2008. U.S. Marines and Soldiers are working with Multi-National Forces West (MNF-W) Joint Combat Element in Operation Destroy
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Sunday, November 28, 2010
No country for women
An Iraqi women looks out the door while an U.S. Marine provides security to a U.S. Navy Corpsman in Salah Ad Din, Iraq on May 14, 2008. U.S. Marines and Soldiers are working with Multi-National Forces West (MNF-W) Joint Combat Element in Operation Destroy

The humanitarian legacy

Ten years after the toppling of Iraq’s former leader Saddam Hussein, human development statistics – flawed as they are – paint a complex portrait of a country that has seen improvement over the last decade, but is still largely struggling. full report
       
Water and Sanitation: Are the taps flowing?

A dry pond in drought-afflicted al-Muthanna Governorate

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A dry pond in drought-afflicted al-Muthanna Governorate
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Sunday, November 8, 2009
L’Irak 10 ans après - L'eau coule-t-elle à flots ?...
A dry pond in drought-afflicted al-Muthanna Governorate
While access to clean water has improved over the last decade, more than one quarter of Iraqis still have less than two hours of access to water from the general network every day. Read more
Electricity: Blistering black-outs

Electrical towers in Basra, southern Iraq. Iraqis receive on average 8 hours of electricity from the public grid a day and many depend on private generators

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Electrical towers in Basra, southern Iraq. Iraqis receive on average 8 hours of electricity from the public grid a day and many depend on private generators
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Sunday, April 21, 2013
L’Irak 10 ans après - Coupures d’électricité intempestives
Electrical towers in Basra, southern Iraq. Iraqis receive on average 8 hours of electricity from the public grid a day and many depend on private generators
Despite investment in the generation capacity in recent years, Iraq’s electricity supply system remains unreliable, offering an average of eight hours of electricity a day. Read more
The forgotten displacement crisis

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A boy walks past makeshift homes in Al-Rustumiya, an informal settlement for displaced people settlement on the outskirts of the Iraqi capital Baghdad
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Saturday, April 20, 2013
Anbar IDPs in Baghdad fear for their safety
A boy walks past makeshift homes in Al-Rustumiya, an informal settlement for displaced people settlement on the outskirts of the Iraqi capital Baghdad
At the height of Iraq’s sectarian violence in 2007, some five million people were displaced from their homes. In recent years, people have returned in larger numbers, but two million remain either refugees or internally displaced. Read more
Economy grows, but how many benefit?

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Arif Banay Kodeyar returned to Iraq in 2004 after years in refuge in Iran. It took him seven years to find work in Basra, Iraq's economic capital. He was only able to start his grocery store with the help of an IOM livelihoods project...
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Thursday, July 26, 2012
Iraq 10 years on: Economy grows, but how many benefit?
Arif Banay Kodeyar returned to Iraq in 2004 after years in refuge in Iran. It took him seven years to find work in Basra, Iraq's economic capital. He was only able to start his grocery store with the help of an IOM livelihoods project...
After a decade of sanctions, Iraq’s GDP has been growing consistently since 2003, and poverty rates have more than halved since 1990. But observers say billions of dollars in oil revenues have not translated into adequate gains in Iraqi well-being. Read more
       
Education: Schools try to play catch-up

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Only one in five students at primary and secondary schools countrywide are girls, officials say
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Monday, October 29, 2007
Number of girls attending school dropping, say analysts
Only one in five students at primary and secondary schools countrywide are girls, officials say
Iraq’s education system was once the jewel of the Middle East. Today, it is struggling to catch up, with five million children out of school, according to a 2007 survey. Read more
Human Security: More freedom but less security?

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A barbed wire fence at the entrance to a former US compound (now used by the UN) in Basra, southern Iraq
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Quel avenir pour les enfants d’Al-Qaida ?
A barbed wire fence at the entrance to a former US compound (now used by the UN) in Basra, southern Iraq
After a decade of sanctions, Iraq’s GDP has been growing consistently since 2003, and poverty rates have more than halved since 1990. But observers say billions of dollars in oil revenues have not translated into adequate gains in Iraqi well-being. Read more
Aid work: From restrictions to access challenges

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A UN flight takes aid workers from Baghdad to Erbil in Iraq
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Thursday, April 25, 2013
Aid gets through in Anbar but needs continue to grow
A UN flight takes aid workers from Baghdad to Erbil in Iraq
Aid work in Iraq has always had a bumpy ride, from the restrictions imposed under former president Saddam Hussein to the corruption associated with the Oil-for-Food Programme. Read more
War leaves lasting impact on healthcare

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A child sleeps on the floor at al-Rustumiya settlement on the outskirts of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. He is sick but his family cannot afford healthcare. More than 100 families - displaced first by Saddam Hussein's de-Arabization policies, then by Iraq's ...
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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Iraq 10 years on: War leaves lasting impact on healthcare
A child sleeps on the floor at al-Rustumiya settlement on the outskirts of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. He is sick but his family cannot afford healthcare. More than 100 families - displaced first by Saddam Hussein's de-Arabization policies, then by Iraq's ...
Of all the areas of Iraq’s development that were affected by the US-led invasion 10 years ago, healthcare has probably taken the biggest hit. And much of the damage incurred in the first few years of the invasion continues to have an impact on health indicators today. Read more
       
Gender: Women yet to regain their place

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A displaced woman holds her baby at a makeshift settlement, Al-Rustumiiya, on the outskirts of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. Squatters here lack proper electricity, water and sanitation and are at constant risk of eviction
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Monday, September 3, 2012
Iraq 10 years on: Women yet to regain their place
A displaced woman holds her baby at a makeshift settlement, Al-Rustumiiya, on the outskirts of the Iraqi capital Baghdad. Squatters here lack proper electricity, water and sanitation and are at constant risk of eviction
In the 1980s, Iraqi women enjoyed more basic rights than their counterparts in the region; today, despite steps taken after decades of conflict and sanctions, Iraqi women do not have equal educational or employment opportunities, and many are subjected to gender-based violence. Read more
Food security: Less dependent on food rations

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Un agriculteur du gouvernorat de Sulaimaniya
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A farmer in Sulaimaniya, Iraq
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Monday, November 15, 2010
L’Irak 10 ans après - Une moindre dépendance à l’égard de l’aide alimentaire
A farmer in Sulaimaniya, Iraq
The number of Iraqis without secure access to food dropped by more than a quarter of a million people between 2007 and 2011, part of a generally positive trend of increasing food security in Iraq over the last decade. Read more
   
       
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