The Iraq Foundation is a non-profit organization aiming to promote democracy, human rights,
and civil society in Iraq, and help Iraq in contributing to regional stability.


  Iraq Foundation Country Manager, Ms. Dhefaf Al-Jarahi, visited Hayy Arba’een district in Tikrit, Salaheddin province on May 25. As part of the Foundation’s project “Empowering Returnee Women”, she oversaw the training of returnee and IDP women leaders from Tikrit and provided technical assistance to the women. ERW is supported by the German Government and seeks to build the capacities of returnee and IDP women in Nenawa, Anbar, and Salaheddin provinces, to become spokespersons and advocates for their communities. The training included women selected at previous workshops held in March and April for returnee and IDP women, with an emphasis on women with dependents. The workshops addressed 200 women, including 100 women from the Hayy Arba’een and another 100 from First Qadisiya districts in Tikrit. Through the discussion sessions, 24 women from Tikrit were selected based on their demonstrated potential and wish … Continue reading

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After 9 months of a long and costly struggle, the city of Mosul has been liberated from the grip of Da’esh (ISIS) by the people of Iraq.  Even with victory however, there is still much work to be done.  The safety, protection, and peace for civilians inside Mosul during this difficult transitional period will be of the utmost importance.  Many are in need of immediate humanitarian assistance for medicine and basic needs, as well as access to electricity and clean water in order to rebuild their lives that were destroyed by Da’esh. With a major hurdle overcome in regaining control over Iraq’s second largest city, sectarianism, corruption and the cancerous Da’esh ideology will need to be addressed for a lasting peace to be attainable. The Iraq Foundation hopes and urges unity and tolerance among the city’s inhabitants and returning families … Continue reading

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Ramadan, the ninth month in the Muslim lunar calendar, is a time of piety and philanthropy for Iraqis practicing Islam. The rich traditions of the holiday center on food and community. Special breads, sweets, and juices are prepared and many families celebrate iftar together, breaking fast and practicing the Islamic tenant of generosity at each other’s homes or a local mosque. Ramadan is a time of joy and celebration, yet years of instability have altered Iraqis’ ability to partake in many traditions, changing the culture and practices of a treasured celebration. For refugees fleeing the country, internally displaced persons (IDPs) in camps, and those living in cities and villages, cultural shifts have transformed how Ramadan is celebrated, deeply affecting all Iraqis. The past fourteen years of conflict and destruction in Iraq have transformed virtually every aspect of life for the … Continue reading

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The Iraq and Syria Genocide Emergency Relief and Accountability Act (HR 390) has passed the US House of Representatives with bipartisan support and is now in the hands of the US Senate. The bill will provide essential humanitarian relief to religious and ethnic minorities that have experienced unthinkable atrocities as victims of genocide at the hands of the ISIS, and will promote accountability for the perpetrators of these offenses. IF places its full support behind HR 390 and urges its swift passage by the Senate so it may be presented to President Trump for his signature. The sooner this bill is passed, the sooner vulnerable persons in Iraq and Syria can receive the vital support they so desperately need. The passage of this bill with the support it has already received from both parties will be a strong, unifying message … Continue reading

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