Project006: iraq

why northern iraq? 

An estimated 2 million displaced persons from Syria and Iraq have poured into Kurdistan-Iraq since the Syrian conflict began 6 years ago. When ISIS attacked the city of Sinjar, Iraq in August 2014, they killed thousands of men and boys and enslaved thousands of women and children. Another 50,000 fled to the mountains where they stayed for weeks before making their way to the Iraq-Kurdistan region to camps created to give solace and safety to IDPs (internally displaced persons). For the women and children who escaped the imprisonment of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, some had to walk for days without food or water until they reached the camps, having left everything associated with home behind during a quick escape. 

While the “Sinjar Masscare” was at the center stage of news media outlets worldwide, each person is a survivor of this tragic injustice and represents a story of strength, perseverance, and commitment to find and hold onto the very nature of life itself. We believe that each person represents the best things at the core of humanity — the ability to overcome & the ability to hope.  

we can make a difference.

100cameras has received a special invitation to join alongside the work of 3 IDP (Internally Displaced Person's) camps located in Northern Iraq in the Kurdistan region. Located just 60 miles outside of the Mosul border, the kids we will serve specifically are citizens of Sinjar and have suffered unspeakable trauma over the past three years while being held imprisoned. To help put it heavily into words — many kids who have recently fled ISIS captivity have yet to speak. Yet to use their voices, to heal, or to process their stories of survival and to grip the hope that they have for the future. Many of the kids wake up with tremors in the middle of the night caused by memories surfacing in their nightmares; they've yet to process their journey towards finding peace in their sleep.

We are humbled at the opportunity to utilize our custom storytelling curriculum to empower kids to begin to process and embrace their stories, learn that their perspectives matter, and to realize that they can create change. For kids that may find it difficult to use words, our model is built on using photography as a powerful tool for self-expression, healing, and ownership of the stories of their individual lives and those of their communities. 100% of the proceeds from their photo sales will directly fund lifeline supplies for the IDP camps where they reside based upon their most pressing needs at the time of completion of the project.

the impact:

This fall of 2017, 100cameras will teach 100+ kids living in three IDP camps located in Northern Iraq. Our goal is to help provide an outlet for kids who have survived the unimaginable, equipping them with the tools and space to process their past, present, and future and to realize the freedom found from learning that they can make a difference in their future as their photo sales provide for important, everyday needs.

As a subject that is often on the worldwide stage, our team seeks to share a narrative about the Iraqi-Kurdish people through the eyes of a kid. To spread understanding for what these young people have experienced. The pain, the torment, and the perseverance of survival, of course — but most importantly, the raw and beautiful perspective that showcases the wonderment, hope, and love that is found at the core of childhood. 

you can be a participant in this story.

By providing a platform for children to share their stories, we believe the world can see the dignity, the strength, the resilience of those caught in the battle ground of war and evil. We invite everyone from all corners of the earth to see and to listen as human to human.

We need support in the following ways:

  • Become a brand partner that furthers the efforts of the project through event gallery sponsorship and social promotion
  • Make a donation to directly support this project in Iraq at www.100cameras.org/donate
All images taken in IDP camps located in Kurdistan-Iraq by talented photographer and friend of 100cameras, Moo Jae. 

All images taken in IDP camps located in Kurdistan-Iraq by talented photographer and friend of 100cameras, Moo Jae

*100% of proceeds equals 94% of every student's photo sale whether it's the size of an 8x10 or 11x14. Our team has sourced the best quality for the best deal for how to print the students' images, and the 6% is solely the amount it costs to print images.