Oct 18, 2019 Last Updated 12:45 PM, Sep 30, 2019

What ISIS Really Wants

What ISIS wants

Does the "Islamic State" really have a theological agenda?

In his thought-provoking cover story "What ISIS Really Wants", published in the March 2015 issue of The Atlantic magazine, journalist Graeme Wood investigates the ideological roots of the so-called Islamic State and argues:

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The Wounds Have Not Healed

Wounds not Healed

On 16 March, our team in Halabja commemorated the 27th anniversary of the 1988 chemical attacks.

Highlighting the long-term effects of these attacks, our center in Halabja officially opened a department for children. They invited children of survivors who have been seeking treatment at our center.

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Salah Ahmad Receives Order of Merit


Salah Ahmad, founder of the Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights, received the Order of Merit on Neck Ribbon of the Federal Republic of Germany from the Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Dr. Gerd Müller for his humanitarian work in Germany and Iraq on February 26, 2015.

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Providing the Basis for an Educated Society

Interview Hakim Rizgar

Eleven years after the fall of the Ba'ath regime, Salah Ahmad, president of the Jiyan Foundation, met the former chief judge of the Saddam trial, Rizgar Mohammed Amin.

They exchanged thoughts on the legal, political and social situation in Iraq. Amin drew an unadorned and critical picture of his country.

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Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Iraq

Stop FGM

In Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan, female genital mutilation (FGM) is not marginal. On an international level, the existence of FGM in Iraq has been ignored for many years and it has been commonly labeled as an "African disease".

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Exporting Trauma

Exporting Trauma

In her article Exporting trauma: can the talking cure do more harm than good?, published by the Guardian on 5 February 2015, Anna Leach discusses the consequences of Western aid agencies' increased focus on mental health in crisis intervention.

By using examples such as Rwanda, the Phillipines and Croatia, Leach shows that mental health services might cause more harm than good. She argues that the reason for this is a lack of recognition of differing cultural understandings of mental disease and healing practices.

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Humanitarian Aid Deliveries to Mount Sinjar

Emergency Aid

The Jiyan Foundation extends its humanitarian efforts to displaced Yazidis: 1.1 tons of relief items reached the men, women and children on Mount Sinjar by helicopter and car.

The deliveries started on 17 December 2015 and are part of our efforts to support Iraqis displaced following terrorist attacks.

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