Green Spaces are disappearing in Kirkuk 

Ali Mahmoud The green spaces in Kirkuk are disappearing fast as the local authorities fail to look after them due to lack of funds from Baghdad.  Kirkuknow visited most of the green spaces in Kirkuk neighbourhoods and bazaars and established that these green spaces and the trees have either withered or are withering. Galawij Shukr, […]

Imam of al-Nuri mosque talks about the day Baghdadi declared his caliphate 

Karwan Salehi Sheikh Hamood Omar Hilal the Imam of al-Nuri Mosque was having a bath when his phone rang constantly on Friday 5th of July 2014. He did not pick up the phone and he did not recognise the number. It was around 11am and Sheikh Hilal prepared his Friday sermon and headed to the […]

Tensions in Qayyarah threaten social cohesion 

The victims of the Islamic State rule in Qayyarah poured into streets today for the third time recently and demanded the expulsion of the relatives and families of Isis militants, creating fear for the social cohesion in the area in the south of Nineveh province. Around 500 youths organised a demonstration today in Qayyarah which […]

Yazidis in Sinjar in the shadow of political rivalries

Mohanad Sinjari The conditions of living for those Yazidis who have returned to the northern part of Sinjar mountain is difficult and unstable. The reason is the tension that exist between various forces that are operating in the area. The entire population of the Sinjar were forced to flee in the summer of 2014 when […]

Wadi awarded Roland Berger Prize for Human Dignity

On the evening of May 4th, 2017, in a ceremony held at the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Roland Berger Foundation honored the current winners of its eponymous award. Wadi received the Roland Berger Human Dignity Award 2017 for its longstanding and successful campaign for the human rights and autonomy of Iraqi citizens. Currently, WADI’s main […]

Police in Kirkuk Insult a Number of Individuals

Kirkuk Police cut off hair of some individuals allegedly charged with consuming alcohol. The photos have gone viral and some believe it is an act of humiliation while the police says it is a punishment for their violators. Colonel Afrasyaw Kamil, the spokesperson for Kirkuk Police, confirmed the occurrence of the act and said it […]

The Victims of Escape

The story of civilians fleeing ISIS Sirwan Hussein He was crying on an empty bag while uttering some unclear words. Abdullah then unzipped the body bag on a hospital’s wheeled trolley to put his daughter’s dead body. Sara, Abdullah’s 5-year old daughter, was stretched as if she was in a deep sleep. Her eyes were […]

Women Refugees Endure Violence

Female refugees experience different types of violence in the refugee camps and most cases remain silent due to traditional influences and tribal settlements. According to a report conducted by the Human Rights Committee in cooperation with Department of Combating Violence against Women, PAW organization and UNDP, only in the last six months of last year, […]

“We Defeated Death, We do not Go Back”

Samir Shakir and his family – that consists of 25 people – prefer to live in the refugee camps of Khazir instead of going back to their destroyed house in Mosul where their lives “will be in danger”. Samir is from the Somer neighbourhood located on the left side of Mosul which was retaken by […]

Yazidis: “We Want Peace not War”

The Yazidi (Ezidi) community says they are mostly concerned about the conflict between the KDP and the PKK-related forces. While they wait to return to their homes, they are afraid that the conflict between the Kurdish parties will make the situation worse. These concerns come after the clashes between Rojava Peshmerga, close to Kurdistan Democratic […]

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