Hayam: An Ezidi girl who mysteriously ended her own life

Ammar Aziz- KirkukNow In a cold late evening of autumn, Hayam Elias, who lived in an IDP camp near Duhok, took her own life, adding to the suffering of her displaced family which went through horrible tragedies at the hands of ISIS terror group. Hayam, 17, was from Grzark, a village associated with Gr Ozer […]

Power shortages set back return of Hawija IDPs

KirkukNow The town of Hawija, 55 km southwest of Kirkuk province has been without electricity for more than 10 days, after ISIS militants sabotaged utility towers in al-Siha village in the town’s environs. Hawija officials have expressed concern about the frequent attacks targeting this crucial sector, calling for a swift solution to the problem, which […]

Success Story
Khame Barakat: From surviving ISIS brutality to party leadership

Soran Muhammad- Ninawa For Khame, the struggle to gain her freedom is much more important than freedom itself; therefore she didn’t give up until she escaped the hell of ISIS terrorist group.  This Ezidi girl, after spending years far away from home, employed all the suffering and pain she went through to achieve her ambitions. […]

The lasting legacy of war
Unexploded ordnance still pose grave threat to residents in Tala’far

Ja’far Tala’fari- Ninawa Ali and Hussein were two close friends in their 20s. They used to sell scrap metals they collected from public trash sites to cover the basic need of their families. A few days ago, death was lurking around the corner when a bomb exploded at their feet in a site near an […]

“My only wish is to be able to write my name”
Mandali elderly in a race against time to learn

KirkukNow- Diyala “My only wish before I die is to be able to write my name”, said Abu Subhi, a 60-year-old man, who dropped out of school when he was 10. Now, he is attending classes at an illiteracy eradication center in Diyala’s Mandali’s sub-district. In a humble classroom, dozens of learners most of them […]

Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces hand over security in Shingal’s Ezidi-populated areas to Ezidxan Protection Force

Ammar Azizi- Ninawa The Iraqi Popular Mobilization Forces (Hashd al-Sha’bi) is preparing to hand over parts of the Ezidi-populated Shingal district to the Ezidxan Protection Force which was founded in the summer of 2014 in response to the genocide of Ezidis by ISIS terror group, meanwhile a commander of the force reiterated that security dossier […]

Teachers of Duz Khurmatu Kurdish schools boycott classes

Layla Ahmed- Salahaddin Teachers of a number of Kurdish schools in Duz Khurmatu, Salahaddin province on Monday boycotted classes and threatened to continue their strike if they did not receive last month’s salaries which were stolen by unknown gunmen. Muhammad Khalid, a teacher at Ftwa School told KirkukNow that the entire staff of the school […]

Women sidelined in new Iraqi cabinet
Kirkuk activists call for women representation in decision-making posts

Karwan Salhi- Kirkuk Women from the diverse components of Kirkuk have expressed discontent after the new Iraqi cabinet was announced with no female ministers included. They believe that there are a sufficient number of qualified women candidates up to the task, insisting that women are no less than men in the decision-making process. The issue […]

The dream of returning home remains distant for Tala’far displaced families

Karwan Salhi- Kirkuk After spending four years in IDPs camps, tens of displaced families form Ninawa’s Tala’far district are still unable to return to their homes. The reason is that their homes no longer exist, after they were flattened during the war on ISIS. Tala’far, 70 km west of Mosul was controlled by ISIS militants […]

IDP Camp residents on Mount Shingal provide electricity at their own expense

Ammar Aziz- Ninawa Ezidi Displaced families housed in an IDPs camp on Mount Shingal decided to carry out a project to provide electricity to their camp on their own, after the Iraqi government and Shingal administration failed to deliver on their promises. Thousands of Shingal IDPs sheltered in Sardasht camp on Mount Shingal have been […]

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