A student poses at a school in Iraq

By Khales Joumah for Niqash.org

Inside the extremist-occupied city of Mosul, teachers have been told to report to work and teach an extremist-formulated curriculum - or face the consequences. Meanwhile the Ministry of Education in Baghdad, which still pays their salaries, says if they show up to work, they may be fired.

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Kurdish peshmerga line up to vote

By Nawzat Shamdeen for Niqash.org

What will happen to Iraq’s “disputed territories” once Sunni Muslim extremists have been driven out? Will the Iraqi Kurdish military, who now control some of it, insist on staying? Or will conflicts between the Iraqi Kurdish and the Iraqi army make for the country’s next crisis? NIQASH gathers opinions. 

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The headlines coming out of the Middle East can be overwhelming.

We know, and we live there.

To continue to press in and hope, we start by looking around us and witnessing the work of our partners across the country.

Take our dear friends at Living Light International for example.

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A photo of little Isaac and his father outside their tent

This is Majeed.

Last month, Majeed fled ISIS with his family, and they now live in a city park.

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A pic of Zahraa being kissed by one of her nurses

Don't let the double chin or those doe eyes fool you—this is the face of a fighter.

Zahraa had a tough climb the minute she entered this world. She had to fight for life from the very beginning, but she didn't have to fight alone. After months in the hospital, the local doctors and nurses are totally comfortable around her, showering her with kisses. One even told me, "She's like our daughter because she lives here. We all really adore her."

But it wasn't until her most recent operation that things started really looking up little Zahraa.

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