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June 29, 2021

Nadia, 27, lived her whole life in Bashiqa, where she took pride in the cultural diversity of her town. “Our town is like a miniature of all Iraq,” said Nadia. In 2014, ISIS attacked towns and villages in northern Iraq, forcing families to leave their homes and seek safety elsewhere. “I woke up to a phone call from a friend of mine telling me to leave Bashiqa right away because ISIS forces were marching towards it,” Nadia said. “It was a difficult decision to make, as I had a sick brother, so we couldn’t leave together.” 

June 28, 2021

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded the Antiquities Coalition a $1 million grant for a new project, “Preserving the Cultural Heritage of Minority Communities of Iraq.” This two-year project is a partnership among USAID, the Antiquities Coalition, and three Iraq-based organizations: the Centre Numérique des Manuscrits Orientaux (CNMO), the Syriac Heritage Museum, and Yazda, that represent minority Christian and Yazidi communities.  

June 23, 2021

Maamon Majeed, 46, grew up in a small village called Blan near the city of Mosul in northern Iraq. Maamon was always looking to create something bigger than himself to help his community, keeping an open mind to new opportunities as they came. He began his career in construction, working with American companies and even with the U.S. Army. When his project with the U.S. Army was wrapping up, he learned that USAID was starting an agriculture program and they were looking for worthy projects to support. Maamon instantly thought of the poor quality of meat available in Iraq

June 22, 2021

Before ISIS invaded his hometown of Sinjar, Marwan Khudaida, 30, was a welder. Together with his family, Marwan fled to the mountains, where they stayed for 5 years, and Marwan continued to earn a living by welding. When he returned to Sinjar, hoping to restart his welding business, Marwan found his house and workshop destroyed.

June 22, 2021

Zeena Maher is a 39-year-old seamstress and mother of four from Tamim City in western Iraq. When ISIS occupied Ramadi, her sewing shop was destroyed and she lost her only source of income. 


Last updated: August 29, 2022

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