Christmas 2021 Iraq Mental Health Project.

Decades of war, terrorism and displacement have levied a terrible price on ordinary families in Iraq, leaving millions of families destroyed. In 2019, Beyond Conflict agreed to work with the internationally respected British Iraqi charity, the Al Khoei Foundation through its subsidiary the Al Kawthar widows and orphans charity. The Al Khoei Foundation is led by Yousif Al-Khoei OBE who has been a leader in Middle Eastern humanitarian work for several decades. Maha Rida MBE runs Al Kawthar, which has helped thousands of women and children across Iraq.

BC is delighted to announce that this Christmas Al Kawthar, aided by BC funding, will run a two week project in the cities of Najaf and Karbala under the renowned Canadian Iraqi psychotherapist Berak Hussain, also known online as “The Muslim Counsellor”. She is an AK Ambassador and has a reputation for advocating on mental health within the Muslim community. Please see the News link for the Christmas 2021 Iraq Mental Health Project here *(insert link to news story).

In 2022, we hope to build on this work with our mental health advisor, Professor Mohammed Al Uzri of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, an expert in conflict trauma counselling, training frontline workers from a further four major Iraqi NGOs. But for now, we thank Berak and our partner Al Kawthar for allowing BC to be part of this important first on-the-ground project in the cities of Najaf and Karbala this Christmas and New Year. Thank you to all our supporters who made it possible.

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