Rejuvenating Cultural Heritage in Northern Iraq

Phase One Report

Executive Summary 

Between 2014 and 2017, the Northern Iraq region endured immense turmoil as the Islamic State (IS) wreaked havoc, resulting in widespread displacement and loss of life. Minority groups, including Christians, Yezidis, Shabaks, Turkmen, and Kaka'i, were specifically targeted, facing atrocities such as executions, enslavement, and forced conversion. This phase of our study delves into the profound impact of the IS occupation on ethnic and religious minority communities in Ninewa province, with a focused examination on Hamdaniya, Tal Kayf, and Bashiqa. Our approach emphasizes the interconnectedness of cultural significance and agricultural practices, shedding light on the socio-cultural, agricultural, and economic ramifications of the conflict.

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Phase Two places emphasis on the interconnections between cultural significance and agricultural settings, aiming to analyze the intricate social, cultural, agricultural, and economic impacts of the IS occupation on ethnic and religious minority communities in Ninawa province. This phase particularly concentrates on the districts of Hamdaniya and Tel Keyf, as well as the sub-district of Bashiqa.