Images of war and refugees dominate the news on Iraq. The many armed groups now fighting the so -called Islamic State of Syria and Iraq (or ISIS) portray a country of extremism, frustration and ongoing brutal conflict. In these images, young people and women, as well as ethnic and religious minorities, are merely seen as victims. How is it for a young Iraqi woman to grow up in this country?
Dutch peace organization PAX is working in Iraq since 2003 and has invited two young women living in Iraq the opportunity to speak out:
Nawras and Vanda are both participants of the PAX youth program Kulluna Muwatinun (We are all citizens). This program gives young people from different backgrounds an opportunity to reach decision makers in the country to promote an Iraq for all citizens, regardless of political or sectarian background. The ultimate aim is to facilitate exchange of perspectives among Iraqi youth and to promote the concept of citizenship in Iraq. Everyone is welcome to join this discussion in Amsterdam!
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