Iraq Program Updates

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Last updated: June 22, 2021

February 11, 2021

On February 9, the Qadisiya Provincial Women’s Empowerment Department (PWED), in collaboration with the city Police Department and the Imam al-Kadhim University, conducted an awareness training on digital safety and online blackmailing. Forty-three female university students and local civil society members attended the session. 

February 9, 2021

When ISIS invaded Sinjar, Fawzia was among the thousands of Yezidis stranded on Mount Sinjar for days without food and water. Her two daughters were kidnapped by ISIS as they fled. 

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. 

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