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Discipleship, Education & Training

Animal Projects Benefit the Yazidi People of Iraq

When ISIS roared through Sinjar, Iraq, in Aug. 2014, they trapped up to 100,000 of the Yazidi people group on Mount Sinjar. Deprived of food and water, many lost their lives in the siege. ISIS also performed mass executions in this area and enslaved Yazidi girls. In the midst of this terror, the jihadists stole…

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Crisis & Disaster Response

Praying for the Yazidi in Northern Iraq

Evan Collier is a Samaritan’s Purse intern in Iraq. The Northern Iraq Community Center is nestled alongside an internally displaced persons camp. The camp is home to more than 40,000 Yazidi people who have sought refuge from extensive persecution in Sinjar and Ninewa provinces. The Samaritan’s Purse team at the community center hosts a variety…

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Discipleship, Education & Training

Restoring Yazidi Families After ISIS Terror

To approach one camp of 18,000 internally displaced people (IDPs) in northern Iraq, travel down a dirt road lined with people selling fruit, vegetables, and chickens. Turn right at a break between the vendors and head across an open area peppered with tents—makeshift homes of members of the Yazidi religious minority. Just before reaching the…

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Water, Sanitation & Hygiene

Toilets for Displaced Yazidis in Northern Iraq

M.F.* is the Samaritan’s Purse water, sanitation, and hygiene program manager in Northern Iraq. In late January, I was deployed by Samaritan’s Purse to Northern Iraq to perform a rapid assessment and design a water, sanitation, and hygiene program to aid people who have fled from ISIS. I’m currently working in Dohuk, which is a…

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Crisis & Disaster Response

Beauty Is More Than Skin Deep for the Displaced of Iraq

Women in the longstanding displacement camp outside of our Northern Iraq Community Center were forced from their homes by ISIS. As they continue to live in challenging accommodations more than four years after fleeing for their lives, many are finding special solace at a salon within the community center. Since Sarina* fled her home in…

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Crisis & Disaster Response

Persecuted Christians Get Help Rebuilding on the Plains of Nineveh

Widowed since 1993, Sana gets by on her husband’s pension and whatever she can earn by baking bread for other families in Iraq. She cannot read or write but follows Christ closely. “I go to church and hear the Word of God,” Sana said. “I’m at peace.” Over the past few years she’s been displaced…

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Crisis & Disaster Response

Finally Free, a Father Tells Chilling Tale of ISIS Terror

Ammar* and Muna* are blessed with four cute-as-can-be sons. The oldest is 4, then there are the 3-year-old twins, and finally the youngest child, just 9 months old. Since November 1, they’ve been living in a camp for families displaced by the offensive to free Mosul and surrounding areas from two years of ISIS rule.…

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Discipleship, Education & Training

Providing Skills and Hope Through Carpentry Training

M.R. is an intern with Samaritan’s Purse in Northern Iraq. Fresh clouds of sawdust floated in the air and settled over me as 12 carpentry students began their daily projects in the Northern Iraq Community Center carpentry shop. I breathed in, and the smell of freshly cut wood immediately provoked childhood memories of the log…

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Crisis & Disaster Response

Rebuilding a Life in Northern Iraq

C.D. works with Samaritan’s Puse in Northern Iraq. I stood in the rubble of a farmhouse in Northern Iraq. The Yazidi man, Khider, dressed in his traditional garb with a bushy mustache, described his family’s experience during the past year and a half. “We were farmers, growing vegetables to sell in the market,” he said.…

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Crisis & Disaster Response

Helping Families Fleeing ISIS in Northern Iraq

Over 3.2 million Iraqis have been displaced since January 2014—the majority were forced to flee in the wake of ISIS advances. Many escaped with little but the clothes on their backs. As ISIS fighters remain in control of large swaths of their country, families are seeking refuge in tent camps and unfinished buildings, relying on the…

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