Panel Discussion

Healing Broken Communities: Rebuilding for a Sustainable Future in Iraq

Renya Benjamen

Assyrian Aid Society

Noor Matti

Shlama Foundation

Hadi Pir

Yazda

Laila Khoudeida

Yazda

Saturday, June 27, 2020

1:00pm to 2:30pm EST

Six years after ISIS attacked, many challenges remain to stabilize and reconstruct the areas inhabited by Yazidis, Assyrians, and other marginalized ethnic and religious groups in Iraq. The panel will share insights on the current state of the Nineveh Plain and Sinjar and offer perspective into the everyday challenges of reconstruction and reconciliation faced by minorities attempting to recover from ISIS. The panel discussion is view-only; a live Q&A with the panelists will follow. Registration is required.

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ABOUT THE PANELISTS

Renya Benjamen

Assyrian Aid Society of America

Renya Benjamen is the Vice President of the Assyrian Aid Society of America (AAS-A). Established in 1991 as the sister organization to the Assyrian Aid Society - Iraq, the AAS-A is a nonprofit dedicated to helping Assyrians in need, promoting Assyrian culture and heritage, responding to crises affecting Assyrians by providing humanitarian relief, and promoting awareness about the needs and humanitarian concerns of the Assyrian people in Iraq. The AAS-A has vigorously pursued its mission by funding reconstruction projects, humanitarian relief programs, infrastructure development, Assyrian immersion schools, and free/at-cost medical clinics and pharmacies. Learn more at www.assyrianaid.org.

Noor Matti

Shlama Foundation

Noor Matti is the co=founder of the Ankawa-based Shlama Foundation. Founded in 2014 in response to ISIS, the Shlama Foundation (which means 'peace' in Assyrian) provides humanitarian aid and leads community initiatives throughout Iraq designed to help the Assyrian Chaldean Syriac people live and prosper in their ancestral homeland. In the Nineveh Plain, the NGO works to assist inhabitants meet basic needs. Learn more at www.shlama.org.

Hadi Pir

Yazda

Hadi Pir is the Vice President of Yazda, a multi-national nonprofit established in the aftermath of the Yazidi Genocide in 2014. The NGO provides various forms of assistance to the Yazidi people and other minorities recovering from genocide, and advocates for policies aimed at preventing future violence against the Yazidis. Yazda operates out of both Houston and Lincoln in the United States, with a newly-established community center in Lincoln, Nebraska. Yazda has multiple offices in Iraq, including in Baghdad, Sinjar, Bashiqa, and Dohuk, as well as a women's center, documentation facility, and a women's center. Yazda is also registered in Germany, Sweden, and the UK. Learn more at www.yazda.org.

Laila Khoudeida

Yazda

Laila Khoudeida is the Director of Women's Affairs at Yazda. Yazda continues to provide multi-pronged support for survivors of sexual violence by ISIS, regardless of their religion, gender, ethnicity, or age. The organization works to address the complex needs of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence survivors through mental health and psychosocial support, case management support, socio-economic assistance, distribution of essential needs, and facilitating income-generating activities. Learn more at www.yazda.org.

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