It is painful to recall the events of late summer 2014, when the Islamic State killed or expelled thousands of Christians from their historic homeland Iraq’s Nineveh Plains. Most of them fled to Erbil, Kurdistan.
Life is hard in the Al-Hasaka governate of North-East Syria. As families fled the conflict and their homes, they were unable to take their belongings or tools of their livelihoods. Many left behind businesses and land as they fled with little more than what they could carry. The Al-Hasakah province, as with other cities impacted by the war in Syria, are receiving thousands of IDPs.
We began in a large circle, with Ralph pounding out beats rhythmically on the cajón drum in the center. The students repeated the beats that he made, using the floor, their knees, or any other kind of makeshift drum they preferred.
Escaping torture and persecution at the hands of the Islamic State (IS) militant group, some Yezidis have made it into Germany with great hopes. In Munich the Yezidi Community Center center assists and helps to integrate new arrivals that have fled the horrors of the Islamic State to integrate into the community and in turn into Bavaria.
This Non-narrative Psycho Social Program has benefited persecuted Christian minority children age 10-14 years that are displaced in IDP camps in northern Iraq. The children are all Chaldean-Syriac-Assyrian Christians that fled from Mosul and the Nineveh Plains on August 6th, 2014.
As the Syrian crisis enters into its fifth consecutive year the human, social, cultural and economical toll has affected millions of citizens. Al-Hassakah city is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious city, which is the capitol of the government of the Jazeera (aramaic: Gozarto) region in North East of Syria.
The scene is the same in almost every city. A house filled to the brim with religious minorities, mostly families, from Iraq and Syria. They have fled Islamic jihadis belonging to ISIS and other Islamic groups committed to the establishment of the Islamic Caliphate in Iraq and Syria. Some are Chaldeans others are Yezidis or Mandaeans and many more.
In 2015 the UN refugee agency reported that fighting in eastern Ukraine's Donetsk region is creating new displacements and pushing the number of registered internally displaced people (IDP) close to the 1 million mark. In addition, some 600,000 Ukrainians had fled to neighboring countries since February 2014, including Jewish minorities.