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The power of the young: social agents of change in Iraq

Cordaid supports 24 young community leaders in different parts of Iraq – Erbil, Kirkuk and Ninawa. Parts that were deeply affected by ISIS brutalities and the ensuing military operations. 6 of these courageous young agents of change share their story.

(Hiba Muhammed, one of the young leaders who participate in Cordaid’s program #YouthSpeak – Strengthening young agents of change in Iraq. © Cordaid / Mickael Franci) 

In their communities, they help younger generations to deal with everyday challenges and insecurity. Like gender-based violence, drug addiction, and youth unemployment. They build pockets of trust and cohesion in environments that are still – two years after the military defeat of ISIS – very much ruled by fear, distrust and a depressing lack of opportunities.

What challenges do they face? How do they address them? And why do they reach out to others? You can find out by watching this video.