Your Iraq

Nina – how did we get our name?

by Hayder Al-Fayhan Nina is one of the names of Goddess “Inana”, representing fertility, beauty and love to the ancient people of Mesopotamia. The Goddess appeared for the first time in the lands of “Sumer” 5,000 years ago. She was

Nina enjoys a warm welcome at the Iraqi Cultural Centre In London

Madeleine White and Sana Bekki were delighted to participate in two events held  by the Iraqi Cultural Centre on Saturday 18th October. Thanks to the kind invitation of Dr Aziz, President of the Iraqi Medical Society International,

Smoking – the new form of self-expression for teenage girls in Iraq?

Nidal Asha is a journalist and lawyer. Based in Iraq she supports several NGOs with her expertise. She explores the increasing fascination with smoking for girls in Iraq. Smoking of all sorts has recently spread among young

Perspectives from Kurdistan

Dr Zeynep Kaya, has recently returned from her fieldwork in Erbil and Sulaimaniyah with reference to the role of international organisations supporting efforts to enhance the status of women. She gives here her first impressions on her

Paintings tell a story of a nation; Iraqi Artist Mona Marei

 Interview by: Sana Bekki “Baghdad, a paradise on earth…. Oh, I miss it so much. I keep counting hours to go back to paradise.” I overheard this statement in Amman last week. A woman whose hometown was

Living In The Future- Iraq

Mariam Zara, age 14 has a dream… I am a 14 year old Iraqi lady with a big dream for my country. Although I live in Turkey now, all my life I was very interested in my

Federal Budget Delay causes Family Hardship

By Mustafa Saadoun, Head of Iraqi Human Rights Observatory Investment company worker Samer Mohammed had a long trip home recently, weighed down by the knowledge that he had lost his job and thus his 20,000 IQD salary.

On the Road to Baghdad

by Hiyam Thirty six years after I left my hometown I was heading there again – by car, from Basrah.  It was a delight to see the gradual transformation of the landscape from barren desert to lush

Novelist Dr. Sanaa Al-Shalan enjoys a Prize Bonanza

2014 has been a great year for Jordanian novelist Dr. Sanaa Al-Shalan, and has seen her win three Arabic awards in different creative fields. Her short story Deepening in Hell gained her the first win;  at the

Mothers of Martyrs, a poem by Dr Ali Bayaa

  Nina is delighted to welcome Dr. Ali Al Bayaa as a regular contributor. His first contribution is a poem he has written in English, Mother of Martyrs.  It is part of an effort to translate the Iraqi