Iraqi hospital offers aerobics for female cancer patients

Three days per week, a group of women gather at a sport center in the Iraqi Kurdish city of Sulaimaniya for aerobic classes. The aim of the sessions is not to lose weight and build stamina, but to reduce the harmful effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy and to ease cancer-related fatigue. 

The exercises are part of a rehabilitation program for female cancer patients at Hiwa Cancer Hospital, the only specialized cancer facility in northern Iraq's Kurdistan region. All the women involved have undergone painful cancer treatments and some have had breasts removed. 

Life returns to Mosul neighborhoods freed from IS

As the liberation of Mosul from the "Islamic State" group gathers pace, Iraq's second city has been coming back to life with remarkable speed. Deutsche Welle's Florian Neuhof reports from Iraq.

On a street just off the main road leading to the last neighborhoods in eastern Mosul still under "Islamic State" (IS) control, people throng around produce-laden handcarts. Mortar rounds come crashing into the area with alarming frequency, exploding with a sharp, dry bang. 

Kirkuk Archbishop: Aid for Iraq Best Targeted at Home

A high-profile Iraqi cleric says the best way to help his countrymen is at home, rather than pouring money into refugee programs overseas. Kirkuk's Archbishop Yousif Mirkis, who is visiting France, called Tuesday for an initiative for Iraq similar to the Marshall Plan that rebuilt Europe after World War II. 

UNESCO calls for the support of education in Iraq

UNESCO welcomes the announcement by the Iraqi authorities of the retaking of Mosul University by Iraqi military forces. During the period of occupation by ISIL/Daesh, the University of Mosul suffered considerable physical damage, and its academic staff and students were subject to grave violations of the right to education. 

We need to stand up for the victims of religious persecution

When the Islamic State cut a bloody swathe through the heart of Northern Iraq in the summer of 2014, the outside world knew very little about their principal victims, those of the Yazidi faith. Within days their men had been slaughtered in their thousands and an estimated 6,000 of their women had been kidnapped, and were later sold, raped, tortured and violently abused. 

Thousands of these women and girls – some as young as nine – are still being held, but the ones that have managed to escape have told in heart-breaking, stomach-churning detail of their fate at the hands of Isis. My charity, the AMAR International Charitable Foundation, was one of the first NGOs to step in to help the Yazidis.