One Road to Empowerment
Women across the world have fought to attain equality, in almost every aspect of society, with their male counterparts. Imagine how very difficult the situation is when you are a woman living in a refugee camp, equality isn’t even on your mind, instead it is survival
Nada Ahmed Hassan
Nada lives in Bahrka Refugee Camp with her mom, dad and five siblings. Her family escaped from Mosul and made their way to Khazar Refugee Camp but they were moved to Bahrka Refugee Camp a few weeks later. They have lived in Bahrka Camp for three years, she is now 20 years old.
Sewing Helps Sustain Hope
17 July 2017 Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation visited Bahrka Refugee camp where the ladies were hard at work making bags as part of the Bring Hope Sewing Initiative rolled out to increase life skills, satisfaction with life and hope for what the future may bring. Indeed, it is a beautiful sight to see these women hard at work with pride of ownership for the work they have done and the increased optimism that goes with making extra money.
Everything About My Husband Was Burned
Julia is 30 years old, she has three daughters (Avin, Zozan, and Nur) and one son (Kawa), she came to Darashakran Refugee Camp three years ago from Xazna, Qamishlo, Syria. At the start of the Syrian revolution her husband was arrested by the Syrian Army. “It has been about six years, no one knows anything about him,” says Julia. “The Syrian regime burned all the identity of my husband to regard him as a dead one,” as Julia’s eyes become very sad she just looks away.
I Was a Tailor
In Syria I was a tailor with a good job. In 2013 ISIS killed my relative, I lost my job and became frightened for my family and how we would survive. When ISIS controlled my city of Hassaka I took my family out and came to Iraqi Kurdistan. My name is Mahmood Abdulhamid Said Mustafa, I am 37 years old and have three daughters, two sons and my wife is Tarfa.
Your Kindness Is Huge
In the Iraqi Kurdistan refugee camps life is very difficult. Kurdistan in general has no industry, most everything is imported, so there are no jobs.
Sewing Gives Refugees Life Purpose
Recently, a young woman from the UK named Paula Horsfall volunteered to help Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation’s Sewing Initiative come to life in Baharka Refugee Camp.
Sustainable Sewing Key to Good Health
15 kilometers north of Erbil in the Baharka refugee camp, Bring Hope Humanitarian Foundation initiated a sewing project with 20 refugee women eager to learn new skills. Since the conflict began in the Middle East, more than two million Syrian refugees and Iraqi IDPs have sought the security and stability of Kurdistan, living in 50 camps across Erbil, Duhok and Sulaimaniyah provinces.