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

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

As winter approaches, warnings of deepening crisis for hundreds of thousands who have fled their homes

Statement, ICRC, Nov 11, 2007The humanitarian crisis in Iraq is worsening. Security in recent months has considerably deteriorated: thousands of families face the daily threat of bombings, shootings and military operations. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes after seeing relatives and neighbors being killed, or because they were under threat themselves.

Those who cannot find refuge with relatives or friends are forced to live in temporary camps which have sprung up across the country. Accurate figures are extremely difficult to come by, but according to the Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS), two million people are now displaced within Iraq, while UNHCR indicates that another two million are refugees outside the country. Neighboring countries are increasingly closing their borders to Iraqis, suggesting that the number of displaced seeking shelter within the country is unlikely to fall in the weeks to come.Gardasin is one of several camps for the displaced in northern Iraq.

It was set up in June 2007 to house Kurdish families fleeing sectarian violence and threats in the town of Mosul, 50 kilometers away. Nearly 1,000 people live in the camp, three-quarters of them women and children. It is set on a desolate plain, burning hot in summer, and with sub-zero temperatures in mid-winter. Several humanitarian agencies are providing tents, water and food. The ICRC has provided the water supply for the camp, installing pipes, taps and latrines.

The families here do not have access to the monthly food distributions by local authorities and depend mainly on assistance from humanitarian organizations. The ICRC and the IRCS have handed out food, blankets and other basic supplies on two occasions. In this isolated location, few people have access to jobs, health care or schools for their children. As winter approaches, the ICRC is concerned that conditions in Gardasin are likely to get even worse. Solid floors and extra protection for the tents will be essential to withstand the cold.Khalid Faqui Katto lives at Gardasin with his family of 17. He abandoned his house and job in Mosul when he was accused of spying for the Americans and threatened with violence. He is concerned about how his children will cope with winter but says he can never go back to Mosul.Mrs Jouia Mohammed fled from Mosul just 20 days after moving into the house she had managed to build for herself and her family. She too is afraid to return having seen her neighbor murdered. The plight of these two Kurdish families is typical of people stranded in Gardasin.While some help is reaching Gardasin, the rampant insecurity is preventing the ICRC from helping the displaced in many other parts of Iraq. Because of the risks, the organization cannot deploy international staff in much of the country.
The ICRC relies heavily on the IRCS to carry out assistance work.Beatrice Megevand Roggo, the ICRC's Head of Operations for the Middle East compares carrying out humanitarian work in Iraq to sticking a small plaster on a gaping wound, "Our dearest wish is that the security situation can improve, because this is the key to solving all the humanitarian problems in Iraq."

Aid agencies struggle to support over two million displaced Iraqis (Nov 12, 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


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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.

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

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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