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A Yazidi woman: Nadia’s project gave me great hope

Ezidi24 – Shingal

While thousands of Yazidis were able to return to their homes in Sinjar district – Iraq after 6 years of forced displacement, the obstacles to resuming their lives are still enormous, especially for women like “Adlan”, a widow and mother of five children.

Adlan, a Yazidi woman after years of displacement, returned to her home, but due to the lack of work opportunities, she was unable to support her family, but she joined the “Nadia’s Initiative” project, which aims to support agricultural families headed by women. “Now everything has changed and I have work and it will be the source I got income for my family and this project gave me great hope,” She said.

Life became very difficult. “I was under psychological pressure due to not having enough money to support my family. We could not find any job opportunities in the area, especially for women.”

“Adlan” and her family live in Sinjar district in a mountainous region where there are almost no services. They have been planting for generations, but the displacement and destruction left Adlan’s family without the necessary resources to cultivate their agricultural lands again, and this is what the “Nadia’s Initiative” is trying to do, that is, to return what Survivors lost in 2014 due to the genocide inflicted on them.

“Adlan” joined the “Nadia’s Initiative” project, which aims to support agricultural families headed by women. Through this program, “Adlan” received irrigated equipment to grow vegetables, including seeds, fertilizers, tools and training, so that she could rebuild and develop her family’s livelihood.

“I personally consider this to be one of the most successful projects to support women in the region and provide them with income to support themselves in the future,” She added.

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