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A Welfare State is life after the #MosulOps 

By the very nature of the Mosul Operations, Iraq is under going change and with it, the Iraqi people are again changing. While many now debate a post-ISIS Iraq, what is actually being faced, is a period which echoes Britain and Europe in the wake of World Wars One and Two.

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LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD 

Letters from Baghdad is the story of a true original—Gertrude Bell—sometimes called the “female” Lawrence of Arabia. Voiced and executive produced by Academy award winning actor Tilda Swinton, the documentary tells the dramatic story of this British spy, explorer and political powerhouse. 

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Church in Need: “Iraqi Christians can start to go home!” 

On Wednesday 28th June, Aid to the Church in Need UK published their latest report: ‘Now Iraqi Christians can start to go home’. In the report you will discover how compassion is making the difference to Christians in Iraq. 

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Saving lives in Iraq, with AMAR in Manchester 

It was a genuine delight, that the AMAR Foundation took part on the Manchester 10K, on Sunday 28th May 2017. The Run for Manchester attracted a number of charities, who were raising money for a variety of domestic and international causes, where volunteers ran to raise both funds and awareness of their work. 

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AMAR Foundation in Manchester, running for the people of Iraq 

Among those taking part in the Manchester 10K, are Hussein Al-alak and Claire Carrie, who are residents of Manchester. Both decided to run for the AMAR Foundation, in response to the services AMAR is providing, which includes Escaping Darkness - a specialist service that was established by AMAR, to support Yazidi women overcome the trauma of having been captives of IS.

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Effective for Iraq, How AMAR Supporters Change Lives 

As a member of the fundraising team at the AMAR Foundation for almost a year, I love that each day in this job brings new tasks and interesting opportunities. In 2017, AMAR are delighted to be celebrating our 25th Anniversary. 

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How AMAR Inspired Melanie to Run 

Melanie Minns is from Norfolk in the United Kingdom. Melanie recently took part in a fun run to support the AMAR Foundation’s work with young Yazidi women, who are part of Escaping Darkness - a specialist Post-Traumatic Stress service, which was established in Iraq by the AMAR Foundation. 

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Building a 2017 vision for Iraq 

The AMAR Foundation is a British based charity, who since 1991 have been working with displaced people across Iraq. For over quarter of a century, the AMAR Foundation has been at the fore-front of “rebuilding” the lives of some of the most vulnerable people, whilst training and employing local Iraqi’s to lead the way.

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The World Youth Day Legacy

Like so many, I was thrilled by the presence of over 200 Iraqi young people at the World Youth Day celebrations in Krakow, Poland. Accompanying the young people from Iraq, included Bishops, Priests and Sisters, representing a broad layer of the Iraqi Christian community, from Churches in Baghdad through to Iraqi Kurdistan.

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The Beats and the Bedouins 

After the 2003 invasion of Iraq, day to day accounts of what was taking place, did not come from left or right wing journalists but from ordinary Iraqi writers, who in a style echoing the Beat Generation, gave outsiders a unique insight, which was lacking in both Britain and the United States.

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Saving Lives in Iraq: The AMAR Foundation Speaks 

The following interview was conducted by Hussein Al-alak, editor of Iraq Solidarity News (Al-Thawra), with Laura Puddefoot-Knaggs, who is the head of fundraising for the London based AMAR Foundation. 

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Playing for Time, Paul MacAlindin on Upbeat and Iraq 

The following interview was conducted by Hussein Al-alak, editor of Iraq Solidarity News (Al-Thawra), with Paul MacAlindin, who is the author of the new book Upbeat, the Story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq. 

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Iraq's youth orchestra - a musical dream that shattered 

For nearly six years, young Iraqis defied the war, coming from all over the country to play in an orchestra, but the emergence of Islamic State has dashed their dream of making music to bridge deadly sectarian divides. 

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Being UPBEAT about Iraq at Waterstones, London 

Waterstones Piccadilly could offer standing room only for lovers of books, music and Iraq as Paul MacAlindin launched UPBEAT: the Story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq in London on Thursday 25th August. 

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Upbeat The Story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq 

The story of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq is here told by Paul MacAlindin its musical director, from its inception to its eventual end. The NYOI came through the most difficult and dangerous of times to produce fine music not only in Iraq but also in Britain, Germany and France. 

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