Dispatches from the Field

“You Are My Support”: Empowering People with Disabilities

Support for people with disabilities among refugees in Syria includes efforts to empower them as valued members of their communities. Um Firas is a Phase Leader at a camp in northeast Syria. In this role, she is responsible for supporting the work of block and sector leaders and for coordinating with community organizations and NGOs to serve camp residents.

“One hand cannot clap alone”: Religious Leaders Promote Unity

Religious leaders are using their faith to promote community cohesion rather than division in Iraq. The ongoing war in Iraq has perpetuated sectarian conflict and division in the region. In an effort to promote coexistence and cooperation among the diverse population, 100 religious leaders came together from across Anbar, Baghdad, Erbil, and Nineveh in a UNDP-funded eight-day virtual training.