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In Mosul, Iraq Must Learn From Past Mistakes

September 30, 2016
- As the Iraqi government advances their timeline to overtake the Islamic State – controlled  city of Mosul, many question the readiness of not only the Iraqi government, but also the Iraqi people. The Islamic State has trapped an estimated 1.2 million people inside the city of Mosul, in addition to the nearly 800,000 Iraqis living in surrounding areas. Experts estimate the current amount of internally displaced Iraqi people at a staggering 3.5 million citizens. The Iraqi government’s sudden push for the re-capture of Mosul from the Islamic State by the end of the year further complicates the already drastic situation regarding population displacement. Humanitarian agencies around the world have organized preparation efforts for what has become the single largest, and most complex humanitarian operation in the world this year . Racing against the clock to prepare the basic necessities of … Continue reading

IF Meets With Swedish Ambassador in Iraq

August 17, 2016
- Earlier today, IF’s Senior Manager of Operations, Dhefaf Al-Jarahi met with Annika Molin Hellgren, the Ambassador of Sweden in Iraq. The Head of Department for Middle East and North Africa at the Swedish Embassy in Iraq was also in attendance. The meeting discussed several items, primarily regarding women in Iraq, IDPs, returnees and how to stabilize the country after ISIS.  

Rio 2016 Summer Olympics

August 3, 2016
- Soccer Iraq begins the campaign for Olympic gold this Thursday, August 4th 2016 at 12:00 PM EST against Denmark. They will then play host country Brazil on Sunday, August 7th 2016 at 9:00 PM EST for their second game, and will finish the group stages against South Africa on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016. The team will be led in part by defender, Ali Adnan Kadhim. Born in Baghdad in 1993, Kadhim (22) was made for soccer stardom. His father and uncle both played the sport professionally and his uncle, Ali Kadhim was seen as one of the best Iraqi soccer players the world has seen, constantly breaking records for club and country in the 60′s-80′s. Kadhim will try to follow his family’s footsteps as he joins the Iraqi team in Rio for the Olympics. Kadhim started his career at Baghdad FC playing left … Continue reading

Al-Rasid Activities April-June 2016

July 27, 2016
- Activity 6 Throughout the last several months, IF has hosted numerous meetings with Iraqi government officials on behalf of the Al-Rasid project. These meetings are intended to bring light to the needs addressed by the communities they serve, and determine the best way to implement them. The discussions are often frequented by members of the community, including GBV survivors and IDP women. Erbil               Babil               Basrah               Ninawa                         _____________________________________________________________________________________ Activity 7 Community meetings were held to ensure a follow up on the priorities implementation. There, discussions focus on issues included in the NAP, such as the presence of women in peace-making initiatives and countering GBV. Through this process, community members are able … Continue reading