Iraq Program Updates

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Last updated: January 18, 2022

February 9, 2021

Located on the west bank of the Tigris, Mosul Old City is a microcosm where different groups have coexisted peacefully for centuries. The area is home to the city’s oldest markets, which have played a key role in driving the local economy while also connecting the city’s different communities. 

February 9, 2021

Before ISIS, Ahmed worked in many shops in Mosul’s Old City as a tailor repairing bags. He always dreamt of owning his own business and developing his own brand but lacked the required financial resources to make it a reality. “For 15 years I worked in many shop to make bags for other people, but now I want my own business and my own tools,” said Ahmed, “I want to develop this as a profession that I love. I dream of having a brand known in Mosul”. 

February 9, 2021

Rajab Yunus, 25, is from the Old City of Mosul, an area that overlooks the Tigris River. The Old City was once known for its diverse population, which included Kurds, Arab, Christian, and Shabak communities living peacefully side by side. During ISIS’s occupation, nearly all residents from Rajab’s neighborhood fled to different areas of Iraq and even abroad to escape persecution. Rajab and his family left their home and moved to the eastern side of Mosul. At the end of the occupation, Rajab and his family were one of the first to return. They found their home completely destroyed. 

February 5, 2021

Iman and Nian are two friends from Sulaymaniyah with Bachelor’s degrees in Biology.

The young graduates recall facing many obstacles while completing their studies, including limited reference materials for lab work available in Kurdish.

February 5, 2021

Shvan Omar, 28 years old, was born and raised in Sulaymaniyah. Though he has a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance, Shvan’s true passion for cooking has led him to work as a chef working in different restaurants in the province. In his spare time, Shvan enjoys going to restaurants and trying out new dishes on their menus.

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