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Investors Iraq News
06-20-2017, 07:57 AM
By*Marta Bellingreri for Al Monitor (http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2016/08/pmu-iraq-army-national-guard.html). Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Iraq Business News.*
“Do you think you will come back soon to your city?” asked Ronza, a Yazidi woman working for Radio Salam (Peace Radio), to a woman from Qaraqosh.
“Inshallah [God willing]. Why not return after our houses are rehabilitated? I have two houses burned*[by the Islamic State (IS)]*but when they are rebuilt, I will return,”*the woman replied during the radio interview, on the day of the inauguration of reconstruction works in the*Assyrian Christian (http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/05/iraq-christians-mar-mattai-mar-behnam-monasteries-ninevah.html)-majority city.
Radio Salam’s microphones*follow refugees (http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2017/02/mosul-iraq-khazir-hassan-sham-displaced.html) and those in*displaced camps as well as recently liberated cities in all northern Iraq, inside and outside the autonomous Kurdistan region. They deal with personal and collective stories and news, listening*to people’s traumas*and how the dislocated*now are finally celebrating the return to their cities. Some 3.1 million people (http://www.unhcr.org/iraq-emergency.html) have been displaced by the conflict in Iraq since the beginning of 2014. Around half are in Kurdistan, which also received Syrian refugees.
Ronza, a former teacher, covers issues related to Yazidi communities for Radio Salam and also has personal*experience*as a displaced person from the town of Bashiqa, a few kilometers from Mosul.
“The most important and hard work I did for the radio was the [segment] telling about the period from Aug.*3,*2014, the day when IS entered Sinjar, until 2016,” Ronza told Al-Monitor. “It was a special report: visiting families, inviting people to the radio station as guests and*holding interviews.”


Source: Iraq-BusinessNews.com. (http://www.iraq-businessnews.com/2017/06/20/peace-radio-inspires-refugees-and-displaced/)

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