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Emergencies, Refugees and IDPs
3 March 2015

Fighting in Iraq has devastated the lives of millions; there are those who managed to flee in search of safety and others who still remain in areas under the control of armed groups. Fighting has even cut connections between families separating hundreds of university students living in Kirkuk City from their displaced families. They were left without money or food.


7 January 2015

Since June 2014, thousands of Yazidis, an ancient religious group living mostly in northern Iraq, have been living in fear and hunger on the mountain Sinjar. Families have been torn apart, enslaved, raped and beaten by militants. The lucky ones who managed to escape now find themselves struggling to survive the winter in camps or unfinished buildings. Keep reading to find out about their daily struggles, through the tears and the smiles of their youngest ones. 


29 December 2014

From Ebola-hit countries in Africa to Syria, Iraq and the Philippines, food assistance played its part again this year in helping families get through emergencies. Here are 10 people in 10 different countries who received assistance in 2014 thanks to WFP’s supporters – governments, companies and individuals.

Iraq emergency
22 December 2014

When fighters captured Qaraqosh town in the heat of early August, Basseema had little time to think ahead to winter. Like thousands of other Iraqi Christians who fled the violence, carrying nothing to help them withstand the cold, she faces a painful festive season.  


9 December 2014

Since fleeing their home in August, Hanaa and her family have rarely had the chance to choose what food they eat—at least until recently. WFP food vouchers are now giving them and many other vulnerable Iraqi families the power to pick their own meals, bringing a measure of nornality into their lives.


26 October 2014

Trapped in their homes and villages for many weeks, thousands of Yazidi civilians fled the area taking refuge in Duhok Governorate after militant groups killed many of them. The Kurdistan region is home to hundreds of thousands of displaced families fleeing many parts of Iraq. Conflict and political instability have forced 1.2 million people from their homes. Cars, packed with children, have been fleeing into the Kurdish region, where hundreds of thousands of people are already sheltering. Sabri Gheeru is one of them. 


19 August 2014

Since violence erupted across Northern Iraq, causing massive displacements in mid-June from Mosul and surrounding towns and villages, the situation has deteriorated rapidly. Conflict and political instability have forced 1.2 million people from their homes. Cars, packed with children, have been fleeing into the Kurdish region, where hundreds of thousands of people are already sheltering. 


11 August 2014

In spite of the challenging security situation and the fact that displaced populations are on the move, WFP has successfully distributed food to more than 438,000 people in 10 governorates across Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced by the crisis that first hit Mosul in mid-June and spread to surrounding cities and governorates. In recent days, a rising number of Iraqis have found themselves stranded around Iraq’s Sinjar Mountains, fleeing violence. Since 4 August, WFP has set up four emergency kitchens in Dohuk and Lalish, enabling the food agency to assist more than 100,000 people who have fled the Sinjar area.

Refugees and IDPs
10 July 2014

When violence broke out in Samaraa city in Iraq’s Salaheldin governorate, Umm Ibrahim, an Iraqi woman in her eighties, took shelter with nine other family members inside a relative’s garage. Two nights later, they fled to Peramagroon district in the nearby Suleymaniyah governorate, where they now live inside a public school with twelve other displaced families.

Refugees and IDPs
3 July 2014

As violence escalates in Mosul and neighbouring cities in northern Iraq, thousands of people are fleeing their homes in search of safety.  Esmat Ahmed, an Iraqi man in his late twenties, left his house and belongings in Hay El Baker village in Mosul last month. He braved the scorching heat and closed-off roads to walk to the neighbouring town of Qasrok, located in the Kurdistan region of Iraq where he now shares a small rented apartment with 14 other family members.