Iraq Program Updates

Speeches Shim

Last updated: June 22, 2021

May 13, 2021

Sozan, a Yezidi lawyer originally from Sinjar, has spent the last year representing Yezidi women and girls. Her clients include survivors of genocide and gender-based violence who live in Sheikhan. Working with USAID partner Dak Organization for Ezidi Women Development, Sozan helps survivors who were captured and escaped from the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) with legal issues such as civil documentation and personal status matters, compensation claims and testifying in terrorism trials. She is a fierce advocate for survivors’ legal rights, “Legal procedures are difficult, and I would do everything I could to make it easier for my clients, because I knew they had already been through so much.”

May 12, 2021

Rasha has always been a people person. As a child on her narrow-alley street in Tel Kayf, a town in northern  Iraq, she was curious about her neighbors and enjoyed taking the time to get to know them. Growing  older, this interest evolved into tight friendships across different religions and ethnic groups. 

May 12, 2021

Since an early age, Devar, 28, has learned what it means to become a leader in his community and through diverse experiences, he has discovered the joy of dedicating his life to helping others.  Today, he continues to pursue his passion as the Executive Director of the Ankawa Humanitarian Committee (AHC), which is being supported by USAID. 

April 6, 2021

USAID is supporting the Government of Iraq (GOI) and the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) to implement strategic initiatives that strengthen governance and public financial management, bolster transparency, and improve the delivery of essential services to Iraqi citizens.

April 1, 2021

In August, 2014, the city of Qaraqosh was captured by the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), forcing tens of thousands of people to flee the city. Maryana’s family was among those who managed to escape.