Thursday, 8 August 2019

Fire highlights risks in displacement camps

A fire at the Chamishko Camp in Duhok’s Zakho distinct in Northern Iraq, destroyed the tents and possessions of 22 families on Tuesday. 

According to Salim Said, the head of Humanitarian Affairs in Duhok, the fire broke out at around 07:00 am in Chamishko, which hosts families who were displaced from the Sinjar region by ISIS.
 
Salim stated: “The firefighting teams extinguished the fire after several hours before it spread any further.” 

In 2018, authorities at the Chamishko Camp started a campaign among the camps residents, to raise awareness around the dangers of fires, where the majority of people are still living in tents.

Although no lives were lost on this occasion, the risk of fire remains a vulnerability for displaced people across Iraq. 
 

Charities like the AMAR Foundation are working in these camps and are supporting families like those in Chamishko Camp. Everyday, AMAR supports people to minimise the risk of a fire outbreak. 

If you work for the Fire Service, are a member of the Fire Brigade Union, UNISON, UNITE or you're a concerned citizen who is wanting to help, then please support us to further minimise these risks. 

Please call the AMAR Foundation on 0207 799 2217 and speak with a member of staff about AMAR's work in Iraq's IDP camps, or visit www.amarfoundation.org for more information.

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A drop of milk for the children of Syria

Thousands of families in Syria have turned to ACN to feed their young children. The effects of the war have been severe, plunging Syria into economic crisis and making the cost of basic supplies, like milk, soar. 

For families with young children, especially babies, this is catastrophic. This year Aid to the Church in Need have launched "A Drop of Milk", a programme working in Aleppo and Damascus providing urgently needed milk for children under the age of ten. 

Thanks to your kindness, ACN have been able to approve plans to also roll out the scheme to children in Homs and Hama. In the West, milk seems like such a simple thing that we take for granted. For children in Syria, where food is often scarce, milk provides essential nourishment. 

Without your compassion, thousands of children in Syria will lose access to free milk. Please give what you can and help Aid to the Church in Need with their "A Drop of Milk" campaign.

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Sunday, 4 August 2019

Over 200 bike across Manchester for Palestinian kids


The following pictures were taken by Hussein Al-alak, at the starting line on The Big Ride for Palestine, which set off on Saturday morning in Manchester. 


Over 200 people cycled across the UK's northern city of Manchester, to raise money for the Middle East Children's Alliance and their work with kids in Gaza. 


Since 2015, The Big Ride for Palestine has raised nearly £150,000 for the Middle East Children’s Alliance, whose work includes healing and rehabilitating children and young people, who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 


According to Palestinian psychologist Khulud Salam, "We are dealing with children who have lost their homes or relatives. They isolate themselves. Some are very angry and some can’t focus." 


"Others have night terrors and most are not doing well in school. We work closely with the whole family. We work with these children and help them to regain their childhood."









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Sunday, 28 July 2019

The Big Ride for Palestine is coming to Manchester

On Saturday 3rd August, the UK's northern city of Manchester will host The Big Ride for Palestine 2019, an annual event which combines a love of cycling and solidarity with the Palestinian people. 

The event aims to raise awareness to the plight of children living in Gaza, where almost 2 million Palestinians live. More than 40% of Gaza's residents are children and young people, under 15 years of age. 

The event is also raising money for the Middle East Children’s Alliance; a charity that specializes in working with children and young people, who have been traumatized by violence in the region. 

Since 2015, The Big Ride for Palestine has raised nearly £150,000 for the Middle East Children’s Alliance, whose work includes healing and rehabilitating minors, who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. 

The Middle East Children’s Alliance provides services to the people of Gaza, which includes psychologists going into schools and community centre's, where they provide clinical support to children and young people. 

According to Palestinian psychologist Khulud Salam, "We are dealing with children who have lost their homes or relatives. They isolate themselves. Some are very angry and some can’t focus." 

"Others have night terrors and most are not doing well in school. We work closely with the whole family. We work with these children and help them to regain their childhood." 


The Big Ride for Palestine will set off on Saturday 3rd August - at 9.30 AM - from outside of the Manchester Central Library, on St. Peter's Square. 

Those taking part will then travel 44 miles across the city, before finishing at 5.30 PM, at the Birch Community Centre on Brighton Grove in Rusholme, M14 5JT.

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Friday, 26 July 2019

Iraqi poetry strikes a London chord for AMAR

On Thursday 25th July, the AMAR Foundation celebrated the work of three Iraqi poets, at the Poetry Society Cafe Theatre, in London's Covent Garden. 


It was an informal evening of poetry and conversation, where the three published poets recited and discussed their work with the audience, which was then followed by more general conversation. 


Each of the poets, explained how their poems explored a number of theme's from Iraq and the wider Middle East region, while touching on subjects like religion and love. 


The event was organised to support the AMAR Foundation's ongoing efforts in Iraq. As a charity, AMAR was founded in the early 1990's, by Britain's Baroness Emma Nicholson.

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Looking to the Moon and stars in Liverpool, Australia

On Saturday 20th July, members of the Iraqi community in Liverpool, Australia, joined the world wide Apollo 11 celebrations and marked 50 years of the moon landing. 


By using telescopes provided by the MacArthur Astrology Society, this picture of the moon was taken by Lily Siddawi, who as part of the Giant Leap Exhibition - at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre - was able to capture the moon in all its glory. 


It was on the moon's surface, where astronaut Neil Armstrong stated in 1969: "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."

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Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Iraqi-Mandaean artist features in Apollo 11 exhibition

To celebrate 50 years of the Apollo 11 moon-landing, last weekend the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre in Liverpool, Australia, presented the exhibition Under the Same Moon - which featured “The Sailors of Darkness” - a sculpture by Iraqi-Mandaean artist Yuhana Nashmi. 


Under the Same Moon captured various cultural beliefs, myths and legends related to the moon. The exhibition presented artists from different backgrounds and was the only Apollo 11 anniversary event, to feature Iraq's ancient Mandaean religion. You can hear Yuhana Nashmi speak about his sculpture "The Sailors of Darkness" on SBS Australia.



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