Reflections on the Manchester 10K
On Sunday 20th May, I took part in the Manchester 10K - to raise awareness of the AMAR Foundation.
Established 25 years ago by Baroness Emma Nicholson, the AMAR Foundation has grown into a dynamic organisation, whose work is playing a leading role across Iraq.
The following articles represent just some of the conversations we had, in the run up to the Manchester 10K and provide some explanation to the reasons, why taking part in the Great Manchester Run - was and is an important feature - to supporting people in Iraq.
Like most competitors, Manchester’s Hussein Al-Alak has his own unique training routine for the Manchester 10k. While not a serious athlete as such – “I like to walk, a fast walk,” he says – Hussein is deadly serious about helping make a difference in Iraq.
Among those taking part in the Manchester 10K, is Hussein Al-alak a resident of Manchester, who has decided to run for the AMAR Foundation, in response to the services AMAR is providing. These include Escaping Darkness - a specialist mental health service that was established by AMAR, to support rescued Yazidi women overcome the trauma of kidnap, sexual abuse and modern day slavery.
Baroness Emma Nicholson, chairperson of the AMAR Foundation and member of the House of Lords, has given her support for Hussein Al-alak, ahead of the Manchester 10K. Hussein is running to aid the work of AMAR in Iraq. The charity was founded by Britain's Baroness Nicholson twenty-five years ago.
Among its projects, AMAR launched it's Bazwaya Health Centre in early 2018 - which now serves a minimum of 15.000 people in Mosul and later on this year, will also open the doors to it's new maternity and paediatric hospital in Basra. Baroness Emma Nicholson - AMAR's chairperson - described how through Escaping Darkness, the charity now provides specialist trauma care to 35.000 members of Iraq's Yazidi community.