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So far SEED has created 28 blog entries.

Rebuilding my life in Kurdistan

Leena* is a twenty-year old woman from the south of Iraq. Sadly, she lost her mother at a young age and her father died in a bombing when she was a child. Having lost both parents at such an early age, she was forced to live with her relatives. The next nine years of her life, [...]

Rebuilding my life in Kurdistan2017-10-18T10:27:07+00:00

Stakeholder Report Meeting: War, Health, and Refugees in Iraq

The conflict in Iraq has had a devastating effect on access to medical care, with over a million displaced people making demands on an already overwhelmed public health system in the Kurdistan Region. Having been cut off from the Iraqi budget since 2014, the Kurdistan Regional Government lacks resources to pay salaries, run public hospitals [...]

Stakeholder Report Meeting: War, Health, and Refugees in Iraq2017-10-18T11:05:21+00:00

How ISIS-trained child soldiers are a ticking time bomb

Children were uniquely victimized by ISIS. First, as bystanders caught in a brutal war, but more shockingly, as soldiers who were recruited, indoctrinated with a deadly ideology, then trained to kill and fight on the battlefield. As they are freed from ISIS, traumatized and untreated, they're now melting back into society -- still heavily influenced [...]

How ISIS-trained child soldiers are a ticking time bomb2017-09-13T10:05:02+00:00

SEED Announces 2017 Gala Awardees – Glenn Beck’s Mercury One and Vital Voices

SEED will host its second annual gala dinner event Children in Crisis, in Washington, D.C., on October 2nd, raising funds for its work supporting the recovery of survivors of violence and conflict in Kurdistan, Iraq. SEED is on the front-line delivering critical psychological and social services to women, men, and children who have been displaced and suffered [...]

SEED Announces 2017 Gala Awardees – Glenn Beck’s Mercury One and Vital Voices2017-09-12T13:00:28+00:00

Learning to live again

Avin* is a young Yezidi woman who was captured by ISIS alongside her sisters in August 2014. On the same day, ISIS murdered her father. Avin says, “I can still hear my father’s voice and the sound of bullets.” During her capture, she was sold from ISIS terrorist to terrorist over 10 times and was moved [...]

Learning to live again2017-10-18T10:29:57+00:00

Three Years Into the Crisis SEED Supports Survivors

This weekend marked the third anniversary of the genocide against the Yezidis, and other minorities in Iraq.  On August 3rd, 2014, ISIS terrorists overran the city of Sinjar and murdered, abducted and enslaved thousands women, men, boys and girls. SEED's President, Sherri Kraham Talabany, attended a vigil in memorial for the victims of this genocide at [...]

Three Years Into the Crisis SEED Supports Survivors2017-08-06T07:34:02+00:00

Learning to speak their mother tongue again

Dlovan* and Zerdesht* are two young brothers. In 2014, ISIS killed their father and they were captured along with their mother, Zaynab*. The brothers were tortured, abused, exposed to violence against others and held by ISIS in two ISIS training camps, one in Syria and one in Iraq. Thankfully, Zaynab, Dlovan and Zerdesht were able to [...]

Learning to speak their mother tongue again2017-07-31T07:57:01+00:00

SEED’s President speaks at TEDx

SEED’s President, Sherri Kraham Talabany, was part of Kurdistan’s first TEDx Nishtiman event on the first of April, in Saad Abdulla Hall in Erbil, Kurdistan. The theme for TEDx Nishtiman was rehabilitation and development. Sherri spoke about how we can best support the recovery of survivors of conflict and violence in Kurdistan through comprehensive, long-term, [...]

SEED’s President speaks at TEDx2018-02-27T08:30:35+00:00

En Irak, rencontre avec des survivants de Daech qui peinent à se reconstruire

Ils ont échappé à la mort et à la famine, pas aux drames et aux traumatismes. Alors que les jours du groupe Etat islamique semblent comptés à Mossoul, les Irakiens délivrés des djihadistes tentent d'oublier l'enfer vécu. Read more...

En Irak, rencontre avec des survivants de Daech qui peinent à se reconstruire2017-07-02T10:45:59+00:00

#Gratitude in Action

Having just returned from a transformative, inspirational week in Armenia at the Aurora Dialogues, I want to share my gratitude and experience. As descendants of survivors of the Armenian genocide, the amazing three founders of the AuroraPrize turned their grief of their ancestors’ painful tragedy (millions of people killed and displaced around the world) and their [...]

#Gratitude in Action2017-06-07T06:59:12+00:00