Widows of Iraq's war pick up the threads of fragmented lives


18/5/2019 15:12:00
Print
     .

In a workshop in a bombed-out factory in Mosul, Najlaa Abdelrahman joins scores of other women on a production line as they sew garments and try to knit their lives back together.

 

The mother of three lost her husband during the war against jihadist group Islamic State, which occupied the northern Iraqi city as the capital of its self-declared caliphate until government forces recaptured it in summer 2017.

 

Abdelrahman also lost her Mosul home and now spends half of the salary she earns at the garment factory on getting to work.

 

“I have been working here for a while, this is my only work opportunity,” said Abdelrahman who, like many of her colleagues, is her family’s sole breadwinner.

 

Most of the site was destroyed in the fighting, but the International Organization for Migration has managed to restore one section, where around 150 people - of whom 80% are women - now work, a fraction of the 1,020 it used to employ.

 

The factory’s foreman, Nathem Sultan, said the salaries it provides may not always be enough. But for now it is all that the business, which has a contract with the state to manufacture hospital clothing, can afford.

 

“This salary they receive sometimes isn’t enough to feed them, but it is hope for a better life,” he said.

 

Most Mosul residents are struggling financially.

 

Families who build their own homes go into debt while others cram into increasingly expensive rented accommodation. Foreign-funded projects suffer delays.

 

The 2019 state budget has allocated $560 million for the city’s reconstruction, according to two Mosul lawmakers. A U.N. advisor cited $1.8 billion as one estimate for a year’s rebuilding work.

 

Nearly 2 million Iraqis remain displaced due to the war against Islamic State, according to a survey by non-governmental organization REACH.

 

 

 

 

PUKmedia / Reuters


 

KRG Representative in Poland at the Economic Forum


Ziyad Raoof KRG Representative in Poland participated in 29 th edition of the Economic Forum in Krynica (Poland). It is one of the biggest political and economic conference in East- Central Europe ...


»  Top thinker Caucher Birkar talks maths and migration
»  A Kurdish guy saves the lives of 6 people
 

A political analyst: The subject of the disappeared will be raised for electoral campaigns


Political analyst, Wathiq al-Hashemi stressed that the subject of the disappeared and missing in Iraq cannot be resolved, pointing out that raising it is a part of the election campaigns.

&...


»  Top thinker Caucher Birkar talks maths and migration
»  Taimur of Anfal: Survivor of the Samawa mass graves
 

Displaced persons: 2019 will be one of the worst years on record


Natural disasters have already forced 7 million people from their homes in 2019. Experts expect the number to triple by the end of the year as mass displacement becomes "the norm."

 
»  A forgotten camp in Syria could be the birthplace of ISIS' revenge generation
»  World 'gravely' unprepared for effects of climate crisis


Caricature