Women in Iraq have repeatedly been the victims of conflict. They suffer displacement, rape, injury and death. At the same time, Iraqi women show remarkable resilience and courage in the face of adversity.
Amid conflict and displacement, women in Iraq are in a particularly vulnerable position. The struggle to get ahead is difficult and the future is uncertain.
As in most conflicts, widows are alone in charge of their children. And there is still resistance in Iraq to women taking social or economic responsibility. This exacerbates the vulnerability of widows, the wives of detainees and women whose husbands are missing.
Fleeing the destruction of #EasternGhouta, #Syria these women and children bring only what they can carry.— Peter Maurer (@PMaurerICRC) March 14, 2018
Many have been taking shelter in basements for weeks with little food, water or medicine.
The fear and loss they have experienced is unimaginable. pic.twitter.com/QPG3AkCkgR