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Images from the Iraq Storytelling Workshop

Iraq, January 26, 2011

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    Usama Rekabi/Mercy Corps  </span>
    Photo: Usama Rekabi/Mercy Corps
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    Usama Rekabi/Mercy Corps  </span>
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    Salar Dawod/Mercy Corps  </span>
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    Noor Zangana/Mercy Corps  </span>
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    Kiri Haggans/Mercy Corps  </span>
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    Hussein Shakr/Mercy Corps  </span>
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    Hawer Ali/Mercy Corps  </span>
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    Hassan Raad/Mercy Corps  </span>
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    Emad Rafeeq/Mercy Corps  </span>
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    Awaitif Akhalil/Mercy Corps  </span>
    Photo: Awaitif Akhalil/Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps recently held a writing and photography workshop for 22 staffers from all over Iraq. On the second day of training, they had the chance to visit three villages around the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk to do interviews and take photographs.

These three villages are mostly populated by Kurdish families who lost their land and livelihoods during the late 1980s, and were displaced until 2003.

The photos that workshop participants took reveal seldom-seen vignettes of life in some of Iraq's poorest places — places where Mercy Corps is helping long-suffering but courageous Iraqis reclaim their lives after years of persecution and violence.