Return of Hope to Nineveh
February 22, 2017 at 6:11 pm
2017, Bashiqa. Initiation of the "Imprint of hope" campaign to remove the slogans of ISIS. Photo: Muhanad Singery
Erfan Khalil and his friends initiated a campaign to return hope to the people of Bashiqa town and Nineveh province, and ease all the manifestations of war.
“Imprint of hope” is the name of their campaign, and they were able to clean the walls of their city from the slogans of the Islamic State (ISIS) ubiquitous and replace them with slogans of hope and peace in Bashiqa and Bahzani sub-district.
Efran Khalil, one of the founders of the campaign told KirkukNow that, “The purpose of Imprint of hope campaign is removing all the slogans of the Islamic State (ISIS) which wreaked destruction in our region.”
He said, “The main objective of the campaign is to encourage the displaced people to return. Our campaign will contribute significantly to ease the burden, and inspire the spirit of optimism and hope in the hearts of our people.”
The group consists of a number of young volunteers from Bashiqa and Bahzani sub-district.
The volunteers are replacing the slogans of the Islamic State (ISIS) with slogans and pictures that carry the hope of return and the bright colors reflect the history and culture of Bashiqa and Bahzani.
Erfan said, “The main objective of the campaign is to encourage the displaced to return, and our campaign will contribute significantly to return hope to the people of the city.”
In terms of material and moral support for the campaign, Murad Buzo who is one of the member of the campaign, told KirkukNow, “In the beginning of our work, we did not think about the physical aspects. We relied only on ourselves to purchase the dyes and cleaning tools for our work.”
After the campaign started, people started to donate to support the campaign. “Some painters and calligraphers informed us that they wanted to work with us voluntarily. It was a huge support to us, and it made the campaign successful,” Buzo said.
Bshiqa and Bahzani sub-district are located in North of Mosul, and they have been under the control of ISIS since 2014. Many people were displaced, and they have not yet returned to their homes.
Bashiqa is famous for olive trees, Buzo said that the campaign has been developed to the cultivation of olive seedlings on the sidewalks of main and branch roads.
Some people believe that the slogans of ISIS should stay on the walls as historical documents.
Erfan Khalil said that, “We hope that our campaign spread to a larger scale to cover all areas in Nineveh province, and we hope to extend it to the rest of the neighborhoods in the city of Mosul.”