Iraq

Over 800 students from Kirkuk University received WFP emergency food assistance.

Photo: FUAD/Ruaa Yousif

WFP Assists Students In Kirkuk City

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.

Overview

The situation in Iraq remains volatile due to long years of ongoing instability. Since 1990, both accessibility and the quality of essential services have deteriorated significantly in a country where one quarter of the population lives below the poverty line of US$2 per day. Although Iraqis’ dependency on the Public Distribution System (PDS) has decreased from 67 percent in 2007 to 57 percent in 2011, it remains the main source of food for the poorest Iraqis. 

In 2012, the influx of Syrian refugees into northern Iraq due to the ongoing conflict was an added burden. The Kurdistan Regional Government, UN agencies and NGOs are providing assistance to Syrian refugees.

For Arabic speakers

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