Influx of internally displaced leads to baby boom in Iraq’s Karbala

The maternity hospital in Karbala witnessed the birth of over 500 children, breaking records in the past 40 days. (Al Arabiya)

A hospital southwest of the Iraqi capital Baghdad has seen an unprecedented spike in the number of births, delivering more than 500 children from Iraqis who have been displaced as a result of the ongoing conflict in that country, Al Arabiya net reported on Tuesday.

The maternity hospital in Karbala, a city some 100 kilometers southwest of the capital, said the number of births over the last 40 days had been record setting.

“The hospital recorded the highest rate of newborns in the province during the last 40 days which is unprecedented. There were about 2,000 births, including 500 births to displaced women,” hospital director Dr. Sabah Nour Hadi al-Moussawi told Al Arabiya net.

Karbala is one of several Iraqi cities hosting families fleeing the areas controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. The militant group has gained control of different northern and central regions in Iraq over the past few months.

Official sources confirmed that the total number of displaced individuals in Karbala has reached more than 60,000, most of whom are from Iraq’s Turkmen community.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:42 - GMT 06:42