On March 8, 2020, AMALNA celebrates its 4th year and commemorates International Women’s Day with this video.
Today is the 10th Anniversary of #WorldHumanitarianDay as declared by the United Nations, and this year honoring #WomenHumanitarians. Today we remember the hundreds and thousands of fearless women who overcome the limits imposed by security risks, hostile environments, social constraints, and unbelievable challenges in order to deliver aid, alleviate suffering, and make the world a better place. Let me start with our team in Mosul that serves war-affected women and children despite the suffering that they themselves had to endure… tireless, energy without equal, dedicated beyond measure. To this day we continue to operate the centre despite lack of funds and support. Above all, we celebrate the women of Mosul, who transitioned from victims to survivors to community organisers and humanitarians, helping to heal and rebuild their communities. May this day, and every day, be an occasion to commemorate the work of all women that helps to build a better world.
The people of Mosul face the overwhelming task of recovering from one of the worst humanitarian crises in history, wrought by a war of catastrophic proportions. The most vulnerable group that experiences tremendous suffering and receives little support are the children and young adults. War-injured, traumatized, having lost one or both parents, and deprived of the most basic coping mechanisms, they face the ordeal of recuperating from the unspeakable violence and human rights violations inflicted by ISIS. Today they struggle to survive in a city almost completely destroyed by war. The children and the women carry the burden of a terrible past.
We seek to establish structured responses and sustainable programs for children and their families/caregivers, in a place where little or no structured response is in place.
Our projects inside the Old City of Mosul aim to:
- Help war-affected children overcome emotional, mental, and physical trauma through psychosocial support and medical assistance.
- Respond to the needs of survivors of gender-based violence, particularly women, girls, and boys and enable them to recover, heal, and rebuild their lives and futures.
- Rebuild the social fabric of returnee and stayee communities through social cohesion projects.
- Guarantee access to knowledge through a community library in the city and outlying villages, with initial focus on Old Mosul.
Mosul Support Center for Women and Children. By providing women and their children with psychological first aid and trauma counselling, we guide them towards the path of healing, and we mitigate the risk of post-traumatic stress syndrome and other mental health problems in the future. By providing them with a safe space for reflection, sharing, and collective activities, we create a community of survivors that foster resilience and sustainable development.
We need your help. Will you join us in fulfilling these gaps that must be addressed:
1. Justice and Legal Support. We need to help women and children access the legal system for the protection of their rights, especially if they have been affected by GBV.
2. Expansion of psychosocial support. We need to reach women and children in other districts of West Mosul, especially the old city, who have no means or capability to access the hospital.
3. Special school for war-injured and disabled children. We are concerned that these children will be unable to join regular schools for years to come and will therefore be deprived of their right to education and equal opportunity for the future. Homeschooling in our center is a temporary but necessary solution.
4. Youth Development program. We need to develop activities for teen-agers, especially young males, who are often most neglected in child protection programming.
5. Community building program. We need to develop outreach activities in neighbourhoods in order to promote peace-building, education, livelihood opportunities, by mobilising families into community activities that tackle the following:
• Mine Risk awareness for children, especially in Old Mosul, where children are
constantly in danger of being killed or injured.
• Trauma Counselling for School teachers – We recognise that teachers seek to help their students whereas they themselves are struggling with the trauma of IS and the war. We also think that this will encourage more teachers to return from the east side, as the west side is now suffering from severe shortage of teaching staff.
• Assistance and long term solutions for orphans and unaccompanied children, including newborn infants abandoned in the maternity ward by traumatized mothers.