TADHAMUN تـضـامـن

Tadhamun (solidarity) is an Iraqi women organization, standing by Iraqi women's struggle against sectarian politics in Iraq. Fighting for equal citizenship across ethnicities and religions, for human rights, and gender equality.

جمعية تضامن تدعم المساواة في المواطنة بغض النظر عن الأنتماء الأثني أو الديني وتسعى من أجل العدالة الأجتماعية و حماية حقوق الأنسان في العراق

Friday, March 16, 2007

Refugees Lobby

Press Release:

‘The current exodus is the largest population movement in the Middle East since Palestinians were displaced following the creation of the State of Israel in 1948. Around one in eight Iraqis is displaced. UNHCR and other humanitarian agencies lack the resources to cope with the growing numbers of displaced and increasingly desperate Iraqis needing help both within and outside their country’.(1)

Haifa Zangana an Iraqi author, chair of Iraqi Committee for National Media and Culture said: "No one in the peace movement takes comfort from the fact that they have been vindicated in their opposition to a war on Iraq. The US and the UK have turned Iraq into a disaster zone. Our people are being bombed, kidnapped, tortured and terrorised out of their own homes, livelihoods and homeland to live a life of squalor as refugees and now even this doorway is slamming shut in their faces. Is this the 'new Iraq' the occupiers talk about?”

Iraqi British women members of Solidarity for Independent and Unified Iraq (2), an umbrella organisation of anti occupation activists, met the Ambassador of the Syrian Arab Republic in the UK, H.E. Sami Khiyami last week. The women expressed their anxieties and concerns regarding the burgeoning problems of the Iraqi refugees.

The Iraqi women thanked Syria which was singled out for praise by the UN, for its generosity towards the Iraqi refugees and allowing them access to education, health and social support, despite the massive pressure this sudden influx has caused. Syria is reported by the UN to be hosting one million Iraqi refugees.

An estimated 1.8 million Iraqis are currently displaced within their country, while another 2 million have fled to nearby nations, mainly Syria and Jordan. The UNHCR believes that 40,000 to 50,000 Iraqis are fleeing their homes each month.
H.E. Mr. Sami Khiyami, the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Syria in the UK said "The whole world needs to wake up to the magnitude of the Iraqi refugee problem, created as a result of the 2003 war on Iraq. Syria cannot be expected to deal with this exodus without assistance from the international community".
One Iraqi woman refugee told UN High Commissioner for refugees, António Guterres: "We had a good standard of living before in Iraq. We are educated people. We were well established, with jobs and stability and we owned houses and cars just like other people. Everything has changed now. Now we're living in the slums of Damascus in concrete-walled rooms that aren't even fit for human habitation. Our children can't go to school and many are reduced to begging in the streets."
It is puzzling that the mainstream British media remains largely silent on this mass exodus of Iraqis even after the UN High Commissioner for refugees António Guterres described it as a ‘major humanitarian disaster’.
Maha Sharif of the Arab Club of Britain said "While we do not want this crisis to turn Iraqis into the 21st centaury Palestinians, we have to come to the aid of our people who are fleeing a hell hole, where neither the most powerful army in the world nor the Iraqi government are seemingly capable of providing security and protection for the them".
Concerns were expressed regarding the recent tightening of the rules regarding entry and visa for Iraqis, but assurances were voiced by H. E. Mr. Khiyami that no Iraqis will be deported from Syria.
(1) UNHCR report: Protection and assistance to Iraqi refugees in neighbouring States and to IDPs and non-Iraqi refugees in Iraq January 2007

Petition sign and circulate:

Release Iraqi women hostages, victims of terrorism themselves

بعيدا عن الوطن؛ حراك التضامن مع الوطن فنا، شعرا وكتابةً
Away from Home; Memory, Art and women solidarity: you are invited to an evening of poetry and music 22/3/2017 18:30 at P21 Gallery London click here for more details
Public meeting at The Bolivar Hall, London Sat.14/5/2016 at 15:00 IDPs : Fragmentation of Cultural and National Identity


Protest the suffering of Iraqi Christians: No to terrorism No to state terrorism.Hands off our minorities. Hands off our people. Shame on the human rights violators on all sides. Assemble 11:30 on 28/7/14 near Parliament Square, near Westminister tube station London. For more past events click here


Useful links

Halt All Executions! Abolish The Death Penalty!

We women of Tadhamun condemn the persisting practice of arbitrary arrests by the Iraqi security forces. We condemn their arrests of women in lieu of their men folk. These are 'inherited' practices. We are alarmed by credible media reports of the Green Zone government’s intentions of executing hundreds of Iraqi men and women.

For more info click here

Professor Zaineb Al Bahrani of Columbia University NY speaking at a our meeting on the destruction/damage to historical sites in Iraq

On youtube: Part1
Part 3
One more video:

Human Rights Watch: No woman is Safe


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Samarra Minrate built in 852 AD

Samarra Minrate built in 852 AD
Building of 1 500 massive police station !
From the angle of the photo, it is possible to calculate that the complex is being built at E 396388 N 3785995 (UTM Zone 38 North) or Lat. 34.209760° Long. 43.875325°, to the west of the Malwiya (Spiral Minaret), and behind the Spiral Cafe.
While the point itself may not have more than Abbasid houses under the ground, it is adjacent to the palace of Sur Isa, the remains of which can be seen in the photo. While the initial construction might or might not touch the palace, accompanying activities will certainly spread over it.Sur Isa can be identified with the palace of al-Burj, built by the
Abbasid Caliph al-Mutawakkil, probably in 852-3 (Northedge, Historical Topography of Samarra, pp 125-127, 240). The palace is said to have cost 33 million dirhams, and was luxurious. Details are given by al-Shabushti, Kitab al-Diyarat.
Samarra was declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO at the end of June. The barracks could easily have been built elsewhere, off the archaeological site.--
Alastair Northedge Professeur d'Art et d'Archeologie Islamiques UFR d'Art et d'Archeologie
Universite de Paris I (Pantheon-Sorbonne) 3, rue Michelet, 75006 Paris
tel. 01 53 73 71 08 telecopie : 01 53 73 71 13 Email :
Alastair.Northedge@univ-paris1.fr ou anorthedge@wanadoo.fr