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Yusuf (in the middle) seems like a happy little boy – but he suffers from nightmares. Photo: Michael Schmidt
More than 600 children attend the Mission East child centre in a poor neighbourhood in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk. Most of them have been displaced by war. At the centre they can play, learn and process the often harrowing experiences they have been through. By Kim Wiesener, Communication Manager, November 2017 With a delighted grin, Yusuf whacks the ball. He seems like a happy little boy when he runs around in the big classroom during a break, playing an improvised football game with the guests from Mission East. At night, things are different. When Yusuf is asleep, the nightmares come. He is...
Shamil and his daughter Rufaa are relieved that Islamic State no longer rules their neighbourhood. This means that Rufaa has been able to return to school. Photo: Michael Schmidt
Mission East has distributed food in several devastated neighbourhoods in West Mosul. Shamil, Saabira and Ahmed, who have all received emergency relief, recount the time during and after Islamic State. By Kim Wiesener, Communication Manager, November 2017 When the front line reached Shamil’s street in West Mosul, about ten Islamic State warriors entered his house and set up camp there while awaiting the arrival of their enemy. They did not let any of the inhabitant’s escape, using them as human shields to avoid air strikes. The following day, the war came to Shamil’s house. While the IS...
Leila with four of her daughters. They were freed from captivity in 2016, but three of her children are still missing. Photo: Michael Schmidt
The members of a Yezidi family in northern Iraq were brutally separated from each other because of Islamic State. The family has not heard from three of the children for more than two years. They are either still in captivity – or dead. By Kim Wiesener, Communication Manager, November 2017 Sunday 3 August 2014 evokes painful memories for all Yezidis in Iraq. It was the day that Islamic State attacked the Sinjar district and began a genocide against the small religious minority. Men and boys were murdered, and many women and girls were captured, raped and turned into slaves. In the middle of...
When the air condition is on, the children enjoy the cool air. Photo: Michael Schmidt
Mission East has provided air coolers for an entire IDP camp in Iraq. They make the summer heat bearable for the camp’s more than 10,000 inhabitants who have escaped from Islamic State. By Kim Wiesener, Communication Manager, October 2017 There is a world of difference between a tent with an air cooler – and a tent without one. This becomes very clear when there isn’t a cloud in the sky, the temperature reaches 45 degrees, and the Nazrawa Camp is suddenly hit by a power cut. Very soon, the Iraqi family who has lived in this tent for almost a year and a half – and their visitors from Mission...
Pare Abedillah likes her school’s new colours. Photo: Michael Schmidt
Mission East has hired people who are displaced because of the conflict in Iraq to paint schools in a neighbourhood in Kirkuk. They earn an income, acquire new skills and make the local area look nicer. By Kim Wiesener, Communications Manager, October 2017 Headmistress Pare Abedillah proudly presents her newly painted school. She is a lady of authority with a winning smile, and as headmistress she has decided that her school needed to be painted pink. This makes it stand out from other and less colourful buildings in this poor neighbourhood in the Iraqi city of Kirkuk. “I like that colour. I...
For Jamal and his family, receiving a box of food from Mission East was ”like finding a treasure”. Photo: Michael Schmidt
In a village just south of Mosul, the inhabitants are on the edge of starvation and affected by almost three years of occupation by Islamic State. That is why Mission East has distributed food to them – and plans to do more. e By Kim Wiesener, Communications Manager, October 2017 When a Mission East team visited Mahmood for the first time in late August 2017, he was pleasantly surprised about the prospect of receiving aid from an international organisation. He felt that his village had been all but forgotten after being liberated earlier that year. The dignified elderly gentleman with the...
“We consider Mission East a school for Humanity. We have learnt a lot, e.g. working with vulnerable children,” says 27-year old Thamir Alyas, founder of Mission East’s Iraqi partner organisation, Humanity. Photo: Michael Schmidt
It all started when a group of students wanted to make a difference in their war-torn country. Today, Mission East’s partner Humanity has grown into an organisation that helps thousands of Iraqis. By Kim Wiesener, Communications Manager, September 2017 When a couple of Yezidi villages in Northern Iraq were attacked by terrorists in 2007, the then 17-year old Thamir Alyas felt that he had to do something for the ethnic-religious minority that he himself belongs to. But his father told him that the best he could do at the time was to educate himself. Thamir took his father’s advice and studied...
Rozh Ahmed during an emergency relief distribution in a village near Mosul. Photo: Mission East
Rozh Ahmed, 25, was the only female member of Mission East’s emergency response team as it started relief distributions in Mosul in late 2016. The experience has been tough and educational for her. By Kim Wiesener, Communication manager, October 2017 If Rozh Ahmed had decided on a secure and predictable course in life, she might have become a university lecturer in her home city of Dohuk in Iraqi Kurdistan. Instead, the bright and well-educated woman has chosen to be in the frontline of Mission East’s relief effort in war-torn Mosul. In late 2016, Rozh entered the eastern part of the Iraqi...

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