Over 800 Cases of Food Poisoning In IDP Camps in Northern Iraq

Two people have died from food poisoning and hundreds more Iraqi IDPs are suffering symptoms, after consuming food donated by RAF – a Qatari charity organisation – in Hassan Sham U2 and Khazir IDP camps near Erbil. Doctor Shakhawan Khailany from Erbil’s Health Department of Health told Yalla: “638 people, of which 320 were young …

IDPs Arrive At Hassan Sham Camp, Tell Of Horrors During Escape

Omer al – Mousawy Hassam Sham camp, in Erbil province, has taken in almost 2,000 IDPs from Mosul within last week alone. Camp manager Rizgar Obaid, told Yalla: “On the night of December 27, the camp received close to a thousand IDPs from different areas of Mosul, including Karama, Adan, Intisar, Salam, Samah and Sumer. …

In Pictures: Families Continue to Flee Mosul to IDP Camps

Mohammed Omer Al-Musawee – Yalla From Khazir Camp As daily battles continue in Mosul, more families are displaced to camps hastily constructed in surrounding areas. Yesterday evening, escorted and protected by Iraqi Security Forces and Peshmerga, more than 400 people arrived at Khazir Camp, 20 km east of Mosul.   The army arranged civilian passenger trucks …

Yazidi Women Take Centre Stage In Their Own Stories

On August 2 & 3 2014 ISIL militants launched attacks on Yazidi communities in the town of Sinjar and surrounding villages. Many hundreds were murdered, thousands of women and girls were kidnapped and continue to be traded as sex slaves, and tens of thousands were displaced. Yalla today begins a three day look at life …

IDPs recently escaped from ISIL tell Yalla their stories

Yalla visited Dibaga Camp, north of Makhmour in the Erbil Province of Iraq to interview the recently arrived men, women and children that had escaped from areas under the tenuous control of ISIL. As Peshmerga and Iraqi forces move closer to Mosul, hundreds of people are displaced each week. The interviewees, who insisted on remaining …

Displaced Iraqi Children Tell Their Stories Through Art

Amal Saqar – Yalla – Baghdad   A small girl, not yet six, draws a picture about her kidnapping by ISIL. Another child of the same age draws a picture describing how ISIL killed all his family in front of him, leaving him to survive alone. “Sad stories told by displaced children through their drawings …