House divided
Kurds head to Baghdad apart

Iraq, September 2017, A child riding his bike with the flag of Kurdistan region. Photo: Reuters

Maaz Farhan – KirkukNow Seven political parties, three alliances, enter discussions to form the Iraqi government, without a unified agenda on their demands, including the issue of the “disputed areas”. Seven Kurdish parties could win seats in the 12 May election of Iraqi parliament, yet despite their campaign promises to maintain the unity of Kurdish […]

Mosul is key

Ninawa-Gayara, October 2016, a resident of Gayara is gazing at the oil wells of the town which ISIS set them ablaze while leaving. Photo: Fazil Hawrami

Sangar Rasul* The fall of Mosul was not only due to the Islamic State (ISIS) raid but also inappropriate governance and injustice. Looking at the phase of pre-ISIS, and taking the real estate sector as an example, we see that encroaching on public lands was common. The masterplan of Mosul, devised in 1973, was neither […]

Ezidis are discontent
Tens of Arab families return to Sinjar

Khazir camp, 13 December 2016, Mosul refugees in Khazir camp. Photo: Reuters

Muhannad Sinjari – Ninawa The return of tens of Arab families to Sinjar (also called Shangal) under the supervision of the Iraqi army, without any coordination with the local administration, caused discontent among Ezidis. On 28 August, around 100 Arab-ethnic families were returned to Kulat village, Snune town in Sinjar district, under the direct supervision […]

Rapid Response forms inclusive armed force for Tuz Khurmatu

Salahadin, February 2017, the Rapid Response Forces in Tuz Khurmatu. Photo courtesy of the Rapid Response Force.

Zhino Khalil – Salahadin The Rapid Response Force has been supervising an armed force for Tuz Khurmatu, to which enrollment has already started. KirkukNow learnt that the force includes the youths of all ethnic groups, Turkmens, Arabs and Kurds. The force will be under the Rapid Response and part of the ministry of interior. The […]

KirkukNow and DW sign an MOU on Content-Sharing

KirkukNow and DW sign a memorandum of understanding.

KirkukNow and DW have signed a content-sharing partnership which will allow KirkukNow to further serve its audience across Iraq’s “disputed territories” and the rest of the country. “It’s my pleasure to announce the signing of an MOU between KirkukNow and prestigious German DW to further expand the services of KirkukNow, said Salam Omer, Editor-in-Chief KirkukNow, […]

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 […]

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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