Al Rasid Final MeetingJanuary 17, 2017
- On December 27, 2016 IF held the final meeting of Al Rasid project in Baghdad to present the Final Monitoring and Evaluation Report. The report showcased the findings of the Provincial Task Forces’ (PTFs) monitoring efforts of the Government of Iraq’s implementation of the National Action plan (NAP) on UNSCR 1325, as well as an analysis monitoring the implementation of recommended legal changes with a special section devoted to the needs of IDPs, minorities, and other vulnerable individuals. In addition, IF presented the TV spots generated throughout the Al Rasid Media Campaign intended to raise awareness on the role of women as peace builders. The videos also highlight the role of men in ending conflict and supporting the NAP and NS.
Sabria: An IDP’s Story from QaraqoshDecember 15, 2016
- Experiencing horrific violence in her once peaceful home, Sabria left on a dangerous journey in search of safety, landing her in an IDP camp. While there, she was unable to find opportunity and faced severe health issues. With help from Iraq Foundation, Sabria received cooking training which allowed her to find employment make an income in order to support herself. Here is her story… Follow the link below to support women like Sabria, and their families. We hope you consider donating to the Iraq Foundation to benefit those who need it most this time of year. Your small donation can change a life.
Iraq’s Christian Minorities: Tales of Optimism and RegretDecember 14, 2016
- As the coalition offensive to retake Mosul from Da’esh continues, various communities displaced by the group’s terror have sought to return to their historic and cultural communities. Included within this group is Iraq’s Christian population, many of whom left home in Ninewa at the start of the conflict in June of 2014. While Iraqi and American forces continue to close in on the heart of Da’esh in Iraq, the newly liberated areas outside of the city have seen the return of Iraqi Christians, some of whom continue to fight for their homeland as Da’esh’s influence wanes in the region. In Qaraqosh, the story of Syriac Catholics standing up to radical extremism has been one of hardship and hope. Syriac priests returning to the community’s Church of the Immaculate Conception found their place of worship, “blackened by fire, [its] alter vandalized,” … Continue reading
Making Strides to Eradicate Polio in IraqDecember 14, 2016
- In efforts to completely annihilate polio around the world and mark the commemoration of World Polio Day, two United Nations agencies have partnered with the Iraqi Ministry of Health to launch a week-long nationwide campaign to immunize Iraqi children against the rampant viral disease. Promoting the slogan “two drops can change a life”, the campaign will attempt to vaccinate an estimated 5.8 million Iraqi children below the age of five. Directly attacking the nervous system, polio remains a highly infectious viral disease targeting the global youth population. Young children especially below age five, remain at high risk for the rampant disease. With immediate and effective vaccinations worldwide, the eradication of polio proves both possible and likely in the next decade. UNICEF Iraq Representative Peter Hawkins affirmed Iraq’s national strides to eliminate polio stating that,“The Government of Iraq is committed to … Continue reading