The traumatised have nowhere to turn

WHEN Neda told her children that she might have to kill them, they assented. Such was their suffering after Islamic State kidnapped and enslaved them, along with thousands of other Yazidis, a religious minority, in northern Iraq in 2014. 

Neda’s husband was taken and presumably killed; her eldest son, just 13 years old, was forced to fight with the jihadists. She shaved off the hair and eyebrows of her two young daughters to make them look boyish and sickly, so that IS rapists might leave them alone. Neda herself was raped, beaten and sold several times before she was bought and freed by relatives last year. 

In Iraq, Providing self-sustaining, quality education

Out of nearly a quarter of a million Syrian refugees who have fled to Iraq, approximately 60,000 refugee children have had their education disrupted in addition to having experienced violence and distress. 

Norwegian Refugee Council works to provide access to quality education for conflict affected school aged children and youth and has over the last six months built a science laboratory and facilitated the start-up of science and computer classes in three Syrian refugee camps in Iraq. 

British Politician Earns Massive Salary From Oil Company As Local Iraqis Suffer Economic Downfall

Each morning in Iraqi Kurdistan, civil servants go to their government offices or military outposts, and each evening they come home with no money to show for their work. They haven’t been paid in months. 

Still, they return to their workplaces day after day in the hope that the local economy will begin to show the growth that many government officials promised when foreign oil investors first came to the region more than 10 years ago. During the U.S. invasion of Iraq, energy companies from around the world flocked to Iraqi Kurdistan to grab a piece of the previously untapped massive oil reserves. 

Iraqi refugee speaks to SJ middle school students

An Iraqi refugee spoke to a group of students recently about his experiences in Iraq and his family’s journey to the United States. 

Moustafa Aldouri spoke to about 125 seventh- and eighth-graders at DeMasi Middle School on April 22 after being invited by teacher Dave Austin. 

Aldouri, who came to the United States in 2008 at the age of 18, now works with refugees at Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden as a case manager of the Refugee and Immigration Services program. 

Community raises $200,000 for Iraqi orphans

IN DEARBORN—Almost 800 community members filled the halls of the Bint Jebail Cultural Center to help raise $200,000 to fund basic needs and education for orphaned Iraqi children. 

In association with the Development and Relief Foundation, the fundraiser was the first annual dinner of the Imam Al-Sadiq Orphanage. Chuck Hage, a local resident who attended the event, said his visit with a group at the orphanage in Karbala, Iraq "broke" him.