Portrait Of A Social Worker In Dohuk

Portrait Of A Social Worker In Dohuk

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Speaker: Since the beginning of the war in Syria and the advances
of ISIS terrorists in 2014 many people have come to the Kurdish city of Dohuk in search of safety. Great efforts are made in order to
improve the living conditions of refugees and
internally displaced people (IDP) in the host communities. Zainab is a social worker at Zewa social centre in Kocher, a poor area where many IDPs live. Zainab: The population of Dohuk has been very welcoming towards the people who had to flee from Mosul and Sinjar. We have set up two containers in the garden of Zewa Centre. They function as class rooms, where children from Mosul and Sinjar can go to school. To make this possible, staff moved up closer and provided some of the centre’s space to the IDPs. Speaker: Despite the
severe economic crisis Iraqi Kurdistan is facing the city has taken in 100,000 refugees and internally displaced people. At the Zewa centre, Zainab works mainly
with women and children. Zainab: We hear about many cases of domestic violence. We do our best to help people, by offering psychological and social support. Additionally, we do a lot of educational work. Speaker: Psychosocial work is immensely important in coping with the consequences of flight and displacement. It fosters social coherence and the functioning of social structures. In order to further
professionalise their work, Zainab and 30 of her colleagues have participated
in a series of trainings on Community Empowerment. In the course of these trainings, they have refined their knowledge and methods on teambuilding, facilitation, planning and participatory problem solving. The Community
Empowerment trainings were funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

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