Armenia Marsis: An Endless passion for art

Karwan Salhi- Kirkuk The Armenian community in Iraq has played an important role in Iraqi culture, particularly in literature and music and in general all arts. Armenia Marsis can be considered a fresh example of this cultural contribution. This Armenian girl, who lives in the multi-ethnic city of Kirkuk, could be described as a self-confident […]

VIDEO: Isra’s life of suffering in Mosul
A mother of eight children standing alone against the storms

Ninewa- KirkukNow Isra had been forced into marriage at the age of 12. Her husband died in a bombing during the war against the Islamic State (IS) terror group, which overran Mosul in 2014. He left her with 8 children to take care of. After Mosul was recaptured by Iraqi forces in 2017, she left […]

In Pictures: Despite her burdensome life, Basna is determined to pursue her dreams

Ammar Aziz- Duhok   “My name is Basna Mirza. I’m 25 years old from Shingal’s Khanasur residential compound.” “Currently we live in an uncompleted house in Sharya IDP camp in Duhok province.” “I graduated from high school 5 years ago but my marks didn’t qualify me for admission to any universities or institutes.” “No one […]

Chef Hanan started from a small project and now she runs her own business

KirkukNow Hanan Faruq is an example of working women who dedicated their life not only to improve their living condition but also help others face life challenges. Hanan started her career with a small project in her home in Kirkuk. Her passion for cooking led her to more success after she opened a restaurant which […]

Helping Ezidi women survivors embrace a new life
Duhok administration empowers women in IDP camps to acquire various skills

Ammar Aziz- Duhok The Humanitarian Affairs Board in Duhok governorate is organizing various training courses for Ezidi women who survived Islamic State brutality and currently live in Duhok IDP camps.   The training courses which continued for 2 months include tailoring skills and illiteracy eradication courses. As many as 150 women and girls took part. […]

VIDEO: First woman pianist from Mosul to perform on stage in front of a crowd

Ali Ayad- Ninewa Ban is a pianist from Mosul. She is said to be the first woman pianist to perform on stage in front of crowds in Mosul city public places. She abandoned her passion for music for 20 years due to marriage and parental responsibilities. Now she has made a strong comeback performing live […]

Using the power of art to combat violence against women

Hawre Azad- Diyala A two-member voluntary group in Khanaqin, Diyala province has adopted a creative method to raise awareness about women’s rights and the need to combat violence against women. Diana Mahir and Karrar Kamaran, both students of Khanaqin’s Fine Arts Institute are using wall painting to embody the suffering of women. “We started this […]

In pictures: First electronic classroom opened in Mosul

  Ali Ayad- Ninewa For the first time, a digitalized classroom has been opened in one of Ninewa province’s schools. Sami al-Fadhli, Ninewa directorate of education’s media director, speaking to (KirkukNow), said, “The directorate had organized a training course for the teaching staff of al-Sanadid elementary school for girls before it opened this electronic classroom.” […]

A Baghdad Photo exhibition focuses lens on suffering of Ezidis

Ammar Aziz- KirkukNow A total of 900 photos were displayed at an exhibition in the Iraqi capital Baghdad last week, depicting the suffering of the Ezidi minority. The event was organized by Ezidi activist Basim Mahmoud Pasha. “The exhibition, called “conveying the voice of the oppressed”, included 900 photos describing the tragedy of the Ezidis […]

Bahar’s resilience is helping her family overcome life challenges

Avin Nasir- Metrography- KirkukNow Bahar Salih, 43, is a working woman who has been providing for her family for 8 years. She bakes traditional Kurdish bread at Khaje Khanim bakery store. Bahar, a mother of a 22-year-old son and a 3-year-old daughter used to live in neighboring Iran, but her husband’s financial problems and debts […]

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