"Number of Iraqi orphans, widows rising with conflict"

Orphans in Sadr City share a pair of headphones

Pictured: Orphan boys sharing a pair of headphones in a safe house in Baghdad's Sadr City, Feb. 11, 2009. (photo by REUTERS/May Naji)

By Omar al-Jaffal for Al-Monitor.com

Naima Ibrahim, 36, lost her husband during the government's bombing of Fallujah in May. She had intended to flee the city with her husband and children after the city fell to militants belonging to the Islamic State (IS) and some tribal groups, but her husband died in the shelling while out buying food. His death forced her to remain in Fallujah. She and her children now live on the money provided by her brothers and neighbors in addition to aid from humanitarian organizations in Anbar province.

Recent military operations in Iraq against the Islamic State have led to a spike in the number of orphans and widows.

Read the full story on Al Monitor's website here.

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