Internet shut down hurt media outlets

KirkukNow news website could not cover the developments of the disputed areas efficently due to the lack of connectivity

Narin Rostam Journalists and media outlets could not perform their task efficently once the internet shutdown occured in the disputed areas. From mid-14 July to 18 the internet access was no longer available in many areas, as the social media websites were blocked in all Iraq, including the Kurdistan region. The blockade was at a […]

What is happening in Iraq?
Protests grow without new parliament

Baghdad, 30 June 2018, the last advisory session of the third tenure of the Iraqi parliament. Photo: Parliament media

  KirkukNow As parliament’s tenure has expired, the Iraqi government cannot be monitored, while the country suffers from complications without any new legislation. The parliament’s tenure, per the instructions of the constitution, ended in July 2018, while the new parliament’s mandate is yet to begin due to the delay in approving election results. The manual […]

One year after liberation, Mosul suffers from war residue

Mosul, 4 March 2017, children from the Tayaran neighbourhood stand with toy guns. Photo: Fazil Hawrami

Hind Ahmed – Ninewa One year passed since the Islamic State (ISIS) was ousted in Mosul, but the city suffers from the residue of war in the form of debris, unburied bodies and lack of essential services. Last year in July, the Iraqi forces could end ISIS in Mosul, as they took over the city […]

Success story
From hobby to business

Tavga Tahseen has recently started a shop to exhibit and sell her craft

Narin Rostam – KirkukNow Tavga Tahseen never leaves a country empty-handed, always collecting various gems and stones she could have to use them in her craft as a jeweller. It has been her longing for 30 years, as she recently considered opening a place to exhibit and sell her craft in the form of necklaces […]

Calling for temporary quota
Yazidis seek five seats in Kurdish parliament

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

KirkukNow Prominent figures of the Yazidi component seek five seats in the Kurdish parliament for the upcoming election, as a “temporary measure” until the implementation article 140 of the Iraqi constitution which deals with the administration of the disputed areas between Erbil and Baghdad. For that purpose, the prominent figures of Yazidis have formed a […]

One year from conflict, the dream of better Mosul remains far for many

Damaged roads and buildings in west Mosul. Photo: Oxfam

Oxfam – KirkukNow One year after Mosul was retaken from ISIS, thousands of people are still unable to return home as parts of the city remain severely damaged and lack running water or electricity, Oxfam said today. Thousands more don’t feel safe to return – including families whose houses have been completely destroyed in the […]

All parties claim vote increase in manual recount

Kirkuk, July 2018, counting and sorting of votes of 12 May. Photo: Karwan Salhi

Karwan Salhi – Kirkuk Despite lack of any official result from the electoral body, all parties in Kirkuk claim vote increase after the partial manual recount. The judges responsible for the manual recount, instead of the electoral commissioners, declared the end of the process on Friday, 6 July. Representatives of the Arab and Turkmens, discontent […]

Death Checkpoints
Armed gunmen on Kirkuk-Baghdad road

Khalis, 11 March 2017, vehicle drivers block Kirkuk-Baghdad road. Photo Karwan Salhi

Narin Rostam Uncle Majid’s worst fear came true when he was caught in a sham checkpoint of unidentified armed men. Many have been killed or abducted through such checkpoints, he recalled, and those who had survived lost all their wealth and belongings after a ransom payment. “I had some passports of the other people. When […]

Wine in times of ISIS

Salahadin, June 2018, youths buy alcohol in the shop of Ashur’s father. Photo: KirkukNow

Karwan Salhi – Shargat Not so long ago, Muhammad Badri used to search every corner and alley seeking Ashur’s father. To relieve some of his concerns, he wanted to use the help of some liquor, and it could only be done through Ashur’s father. Longer ago, he had to pass 125km to reach Tikrit for […]

The last vase that was not finished

Kirkuk, June 2018, The unfinished vase of Jamal Gozachi, as his son and he died before completing it in Daquq. Photo: Muhammad Almas

Muhammad Almas – Kirkuk Jamal Gozachi, 72, realised his final wish when he died while making his last vase. The story goes with his father dying similarly, in his workshop while making his last vase. Jamal Zain-al-Din Kakaiyi, known as Jamal Gozachi (the potter), was famous in Kirkuk, especially Daquq district, when he died late […]

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