Last days in Iraq…


Hmm,

Ok, so after my frenzy of posts about crafty things and recipes, it’s probably time to tell you more about my day-to-day type stuff. Work is going well here, and I’ve met some incredible people. I’ve only got a few days left now, so here are some pics from my work, when I’ve been out and about doing general work-type things!

We did some meetings with community leaders and IDP representatives to tell them more about our work and what we’re doing in their villages.

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Talking to IDPs about their situation

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I went to check in on the first day of cash for work in one of our villages, where they are clearing out irrigation canals for farmers.

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I couldn’t resist having a go too! I think my tabbard is weirdly very slimming in these pics too…

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Except in this one, where obviously a gust of wind made me look tubby…

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I picked up my lovely new dress that one of the women tailor’s in the village made for me! I love it, but was told that I can only wear it inside the house – it’s a house dress, even though I think it’s nice enough to wear to the office, but apparently it would be like wearing your pajamas to work. Pretty bling pajamas if you ask me…

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Then we went to visit a woman who is living alone with her young son and sister in the remains of her house after ISIS mostly destroyed it.

Peeking through the bullet hole in her front gate…

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Bullet hole in the door…

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Some pretty burnt-out rooms…

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This room was burned pretty badly

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And they pretty much blasted through the back wall of the house…

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View across to the village where the wall used to be.

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Kid playing with their destroyed washing machine…

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That’s a LOT of bullet holes in the wall…

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Me and the team have a think about what we could do to help.

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These really cute girls kept shouting “Picture! Picture!” as I went by, so I obliged…

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I bought some gorgeous fabric to have made into skirts and dresses before I leave…

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Out and about fabric shopping in the market – I love these colours!

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Me in my headscarf out in the field…

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Folding stock AK resting against the gear stick (not our car, I hasten to add!)

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One of our lovely beneficiaries, a shopkeeper, receives a cash grant from us to help him re-build his shop.

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And a barber gets a cash grant too to fix up his shop…

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Spotted in a local shop… Tee hee hee!

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Sewing machines ready for distribution to some women tailors!

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The ladies show us the materials they bought with their cash grant…

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Old manual foot-pedal machine vs new electric one…

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This lady used her cash grant to buy stock for her beauty salon business

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My fab team bought me a face cake to say goodbye!

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And then there’s the fire phone – I so want to call the number and see if fire comes out…

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2nd farewell dinner at the very posh Millennium hotel in Sule…

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Random hanging sculpture thingy – fish? leaves? feathers?

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Feathers, definitely feathers.

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