Election: From monitoring to transparency

Kirkuk, 18 August 2018, a workshop on the election process. Photo: Karwan Salhi

Karwan Salhi – Kirkuk Political, religious figures and activists held a discussion concerning the process of monitoring the election process and transparency, forming a number of recommendations to raise awareness among people about elections, the role of the political parties and NGOs in the process. The recommendations came after a day of discussion, as part […]

After two months of investigation
Case of Halawa’s death leads nowhere

Halawa Nasradin, 65, with her oldest son, Jumaa Abdulkarim. Photo: KirkukNow exclusive

Soran Muhammad – Kirkuk After two months of investigation by a committee formed by the Iraqi government, the murder case of Halawa Nasradin, 65, and wounding of three others have no results. On 13 June, an Anti-terrorism unit was attacked in Shoraw, Kirkuk, with grenades. The group opened fire. The shootout resulted in killing Halawa […]

100 families resume business on Kirkuk-Erbil road

Kirkuk, 27 August 2018, Hamaamin Ibrahim with his nine year-old son visits his recently opened shop, closed previously due to the confrontation between peshmerga and federal forces on 16 October 2017. Photo: Karwan Salhi

Karwan Salhi – Kirkuk His items were all broken due to the fires of the confrontation last year, but Hamaamin enters his shop on the Kirkuk-Erbil road, “Now the business is booming here and I have to resume my work in the shop,” he said. He closed down his shop for 10 months, like many […]

Militants leave no space to rest
New wave of displacement returns in Kirkuk

Kirkuk, 4 October 2017, Displaced families from Hawija reach Maktab Khalid in the southwest of Kirkuk. Photo: Soran Muhammad

Kirkuk – KirkukNow Abdulla Obeidi did not rest much in his village after the liberation process when he was, once again, forced to move as militants started to threaten his family again. Obeidi, like many others, used to live in a village in the environs of Riyadh of Hawija district in Kirkuk. He returned to […]

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 […]

Success story
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 […]

Kakaiyis look for safety
Tens of families fled Daquq to Qarahanjir

Kirkuk, June 2018, the residents of Daquq villages [south of Kirkuk] need protection. Photo: KirkukNow

Muhammad Almas – Kirkuk Sardar is living far from home, in the hope of finding a haven. Along with tens of other Kakaiyi families, his family left their village in Daquq district, south of Kirkuk, to Qarahanjir town. They cannot return yet. Sardar Fatah said, “The Islamic State [ISIS] militants are the reason behind our […]

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 […]

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