Mosul’s Medics: Four Years On

MOSUL’S MEDICS: REFLECTIONS OF WAR, FOUR YEARS ON “The whole experience truly changed me… It gives me constant perspective of my small problems in this world.” – Katie Batrouney, frontline medic, Mosul, Iraq   Amid the chaos and intensity of the battle against ISIS in the Iraqi city of Mosul, a critically injured girl was…

Village Life on the Ghanaian Coast

Village to village: A journey along the Ghanaian coast   The wooden platform beneath me shuddered, shaking me out of my slumber. Under a moonlit sky, I crept outside of the homestay hut and stepped out onto the boardwalk. Across the water I could vaguely see the silhouettes of people gathered in the village. Women…

Wyoming: The Great American West

From Wales to Wyoming: A decade discovering the great American West   The New York Times – July 26, 2021 My horse’s ears were pricked, his muscles tensed and ready to bolt. A few meters ahead, a herd of wild horses stared back at us, unaware of our ascent from the valley below until that…

Aftermath

AFTERMATH: RETURNING TO THE RUINS OF MOSUL’S OLD CITY Seventy-five-year-old Kasim Hussein took a long puff of his cigarette while he stood outside the ruins of his once beautiful home. “Every day we saw people dying,” he recalled of life under Islamic State control in the ancient quarter of the city of Mosul in northern…

Palestinian Refugees in Iraq

THE FORGOTTEN GENERATIONS: PALESTINIAN REFUGEES IN IRAQ Born in a country where they cannot become citizens, Palestinians in Iraq face an uncertain future with little hope of escaping life as stateless refugees.   Erbil, Iraq – Inside Baharka IDP camp, a government-run refugee camp that provides emergency shelter for over 4,000 internally displaced people, eighteen…

The Women ISIS left behind

“WE ARE VICTIMS TOO”: THE WOMEN ISIS LEFT BEHIND “Iraq is like a flock of sheep with no shepherd,” said Mariam, a grieving mother whose son joined the so-called Islamic State and who was killed during the battle to liberate the city of Mosul. In the aftermath of the months-long military operation to wrest back…

Yazidi New Year

Iraq’s Yazidis gather to celebrate the first New Year since defeat of ISIS in northern Iraq April 2018   The typically quiet road that winds up the mountain valley was crowded with cars inching their way towards the parking lot as lines of people eagerly hiked towards Lalish, the holiest temple of the Yazidi faith. Located…

Inside Iraq’s Beauty Industry

“From Burqas to Beauty Queens”: Inside Iraq’s Booming Beauty Industry   In a country scarred by decades of war and unrest, beauty centers across Iraq are opening their doors to men and women exercising a renewed sense of freedom and empowerment post-conflict. From lip fillers and Botox to breast implants and liposuction, cosmetic treatment is…