The atrocities during the reign of terror of the so-called “Islamic State” in the northern Iraqi province of Ninewa led to a deep loss of trust between the Arab-Sunni majority population and religious minorities such as Christians and Yazidis. Years after the territorial recapture of IS controlled areas, however, this loss of trust prevents them from living together again. Members of the minorities emigrate to the West or stay in refugee camps.
Against this backdrop, the project launched by the ASPR, contributes to enabling coexistence of members of religious minorities and the majority population in Northern Iraq.
Specifically, the project creates an opportunity for representatives of the majority and minority populations to rebuild trust and work together on practical challenges of living together through an inclusive process. In doing so, the ASPR, together with its partner, the Iraqi Center for Conflict Management, aims at increasing the sustainability of societal cohesion and encourage internally displaced members of religious minorities to return to their places of original residence. This project is supported by the Austrian Ministry of European and International Affairs.