Arabic education spreads in Kirkuk

A Kurdish education class in Kirkuk province for the 2017-2018 school year. Photo: Soran Muhammad

Soran Muhammad – Kirkuk A number of Kurdish families enrol their children in Arabic education, believing that the administration cares more for the department. Among other factors, they believe their children may have better chances of employment in the future, as some want their children to learn Arabic. The schools in Kirkuk have been divided […]

WADI says awareness of FGM growing

WADI staff delivering a seminar about the rights of vulnerable groups

KirkukNow In a statement released on 14 August, the rights group WADI said the awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) is growing in the Kurdistan region. More organizations “acknowledge the urgency of the situation,” according to WADI, including UN agencies. WADI has been working on the issue since its commencement in 2004, “WADI has been […]

The day Nadia returned home

Kocho village, Sinjar, 1 June 2017, Nadia Murad is sitting where the Islamic State [ISIS] gathered all people of Sinjar in August 2014 when they took over the city. Photo: Fazil Hawrami

Fazil Hawrami Nadia Murad, an Ezidi survivor of the Islamic State (ISIS) and a Goodwill Ambassador of the United Nations, returned home in Sinjar, Kocho village, after three years of departure. Nadia returned home on 1 June 2017, where 12 of her siblings are still missing due to the ISIS raid, where she lost her […]

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Shno and Kalsum are top graduates

Shno Yusuf and Kalsum Saud are top students in science and humanities departments in Kirkuk. Photo: Muhamamd Abdulkhaliq

Muhammad Abdulkhaliq – Kirkuk Studying in a small room in an old house in Kirkuk, they could barely move while preparing for the final exams of their high school. Both Shno and Kalsum could make it on top without any private tutors and training courses. Poor financial conditions could not challenge them. Shno and Kalsum […]

Rescued Ezidi girl smiles with hope after ISIS

Nineveh, Ausut 2018, Samar, a rescued Ezidi girl is hoping for lofty dreams now. Photo: KirkukNow

Ali Ayad – Nineveh Samar, an Ezidi girl who was “a servant of ISIS” is now actively attempting to realize her dreams. She joined school again and raises her voice against oppression. She says, with a smile, “I am happy.”    

Death of refugee family in Aegean

Farah, Dalal, and Nagham drowned with their mother. Photo courtesy of Hunar Raad

Laila Ahmed – Salahadin Hunar has seen a lot of tragedies in his life, but the last one literally brought his house down. In a few seconds, he lost his wife, and three daughters in the Aegean sea. It was on Thursday, 9 August 2018, the six-member family were floating the ever-dangerous waters of the […]

Siblings are top students in Iraq
After for years of displacement

Kirkuk, 8 August 2018, Asma and Aseer could realise their dreams and earned the highest degree in Iraq/ Photo: Karwan Salhi

Karwan Salhi – KirkukNow Announcing the final baccalauréat results proved that displacement is no barrier for people’s dreams, Asma and Aseer, a sibling in Kirkuk, are the best examples of that. Asma, 23, and Aseer, 18, earned the highest grade in bac exams in all Iraq while spending four years in displacement. Displacement Four years […]

Rights group WADI delivers 246 seminars on justice for vulnerable people

WADI staff delivering a seminar about the rights of vulnerable groups

KirkukNow WADI has delivered 146 seminars for 3,000 women in different places of the disputed areas and the Kurdistan region, on the subject of justice for vulnerable groups. The project started in January 2017, funded by the European Union. It aims at improving the human rights situation in prisons through social and legal awareness seminars, […]

Who are the Ezidis?

Lalish, April 2018, the Red Wednesday ceremony of Yazidi component. Photo: Heman Baban

KirkukNow Ezidis were hurt the most during the Islamic State (ISIL) rule in the Middle East. As ISIL raid mounted on Sinjar district, 120km west of Mosul, 100 thousand Ezidis were surrounded without access to food or water. The crisis put them on the focus suddenly. Ezidis live in the different areas, mostly northern Iraq, […]

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Rita rescues the survivors of ISIL

Rita Behnam, a social worker specialized in assisting survivors from ISIS captivity

Ninawa – KirkukNow ’’I wish we were neighbours so I could see you every morning,’’ an Ezidi girl who survived the Islamic State (ISIL) told the social worker Rita Behnam. Behnam replied, ’’You are my little sister, and I will always be by your side’’. Behnam works in an IDP camp in Duhok. She befriended […]

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