Portrait Of A Social Worker In Camp Kabarto

Portrait Of A Social Worker In Camp Kabarto


Speaker: Every morning, Avivan Nayman Rasheed goes to work in Karbato 1, a camp for internally displaced people close to the city of Dohuk. Avivan is 28 years old. Three years ago, she became the manager
of the camp’s social centre; it was her first
job out of university. The beginnings were far from easy. Avivan: I think my work
has been successful. I would no
longer be in this position if I wasn’t able to deal with my staff and to solve problems. Speaker: Since 2014, Dohuk has doubled in population. The Kurdish city in Northern Iraq has been a refuge to many Yazidis who had to flee the genocide by ISIS. There is no way to know when, or if, they can return home. Ayad has been living in the camp for almost four years His memories of escaping ISIS continue to haunt him. Ayad: It was horrible: waking up in the morning and the world around you is collapsing. We were caught between live and death, everybody was running. Everybody was desperately trying to head to a safe place. It was hell. Speaker: Avivan and her team are responsible for
providing social assistance to the camp’s 14,000 refugees. The situation is most difficult for women and children: domestic violence, child marriages, and neglect are common issues. The team’s daily work aims at improving
their living conditions. At first, it was hardly possible to offer advice to women because their
husbands were intervening. Avivan: But we talked to the husbands, explaining how exactly we work to support the women – in the end, they agreed to our ideas. Speaker: The social centre has become become a regular
institution in the camp. The residents embrace the advice and educational services offered. One focus is to create income opportunities for women in order to reduce
their financial dependence on their husbands. Volunteers from the camp offer trainings, thus actively
shaping the centre’s profile. Avivan: The volunteers are camp residents This group of people is immensely important to us; we want to support them more and motivate them, so that they continue. Speaker: Ayad used to be a volunteer too By now, he is a regular employee and part of Avivan’s team. Ayad: Only two years ago, I had no qualifications. But now that I have worked with people so much and gained so much experience, I hope that I’ll be ready to start my own initiative to help people. Speaker: The situation in the camp is difficult. But the work of
Avivan and her colleagues contributes immensely to improving the
living condition of residents. Avivan: What is important after all, is to know that the work you do and the support you provide will have a positive
effect on people’s lives be they your neighbours, friends, or colleagues. To listen to them and help them solve their problems – that, I think, is an accomplishment. Avivan has resigned from her job at the social centre a few weeks after the interview, as funding for the social centre is not ensured for the upcoming year.

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