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Upsurge in Divorce

Economic problems are fueling an increase in divorce, with women often unfairly cited as the reason for the breakdowns.
In a feature from Mosul, Yasemin Ahmed spoke to mother-of-three Amal Hussein who asked her husband for a divorce because he lost his job and did nothing to get another one. She said that he didn’t care that the children needed food and clothing. Nada Zidan, a psychology professor at Mosul University, criticised Iraqi courts for not encouraging married couples to solve their problems.

In an interview, Nuha Kenany, head of media at the Iraqi Women’s Centre, commented that in most divorce cases women are cited as being responsible for the breakdown even when they have clearly been the victims.

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