Success Stories » Middle East & North Africa

IRD’s Legal Support Gives Freedom to an Iraqi Refugee

Posted by Noelle Wright

Haidar, 32, fled Iraq in 2004 and came to Lebanon in the hope of being resettled to a third country. After four years, he learned that his resettlement request had been denied. “The news came down on me like a thunder. I felt like my whole world crumbled, like I was stuck in a big prison. I couldn’t resettle to another country, I couldn’t go back to Iraq, and I couldn’t... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Refugees, Middle East & North Africa, Lebanon

Vocational Training Provides a Cultural Bridge between Communities

Posted by Noelle Wright

The Entrepreneurship for Refugees (EfR) program is putting Iraqis to work in Lebanon and serving as a bridge between cultures. As Lebanese vocational trainers and workers get to know their Iraqi program participants, a long overdue dialogue between the two communities can begin. The EfR program registers Iraqi refugees for the Lebanese job market and offers them vocati... more

Filed Under: Capacity Building, Jobs, Refugees, Relief to Development, Middle East & North Africa, Lebanon

IRD Vaccinates 18,017 Children Za’atari Camp

Posted by Noelle Wright

Between November 2 and 6, IRD vaccinated 18,017 children in Za’atari camp, marking IRD’s 8th vaccination campaign in partnership with UNICEF, UNHCR, and the Jordanian Ministry of Health (MoH). Following regional outbreaks of polio in 2014, IRD health officers and 120 Syrian community health workers have conducted these campaigns approximately every three months since 2... more

Filed Under: Emergency Response, Health & Hygiene, Refugees, Youth, Middle East & North Africa, Jordan

Building Confidence and Breaking Down Violence

Posted by Noelle Wright

Awareness and prevention of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is crucial in Jordan, where refugees make up over 10 percent of the population. Of particular concern is early marriage, the focus of this year’s 16 Days of Activism against SGBV, an international humanitarian campaign supported by IRD and other organizations. Refugee communities struggle with a lack o... more

Filed Under: Civil Society, Conflict Victim Assistance, Refugees, Women & Gender, Youth, Africa, Somalia, Sudan, Middle East & North Africa, Iraq, Jordan

The Long Road to Recovery: Ibrahim

Posted by Noelle Wright

“He was paralyzed and couldn’t talk,” recalls Najdat, reflecting on his nephew Ibrahim’s accident. Ibrahim was in critical condition and unconscious when he crossed the Syrian border into Jordan , with no memory of what happened to him. Ibrahim, 21, was a university student and high school English teacher in Dara’a, and soon to be engaged. Ibrahim was carried to the bo... more

Filed Under: Health & Hygiene, Conflict Victim Assistance, Refugees, Middle East & North Africa, Jordan, Syria