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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 321-329

Healing through sharing: an outreach project with Iraqi refugee volunteers in Syria

Mohamed works with UNHCR, and has worked with refugees and victims of war in Sudan, Somalia, the Great Lakes Region, the Middle East and the head office in Geneva. She is currently at the Regional Support Hub, UNHCR Nairobi

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In 2003, civil conflict and war broke out in Iraq, leading to the displacement of millions across the region. This report describes a project initiated by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, in 2007 that sought to draw on the skills and experiences of Iraqi refugee women, in Syria, in order to assist in identifying and supporting the most vulnerable refugees in the population. Among the 180 Iraqi outreach refugee volunteers were teachers, doctors, psychologists, artists and others. These women assisted more than 6000 refugees every month, with remarkable outcomes for the community, the aid operation, and their own wellbeing.

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