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Untold stories of unexpected hope

Sometimes it feels like we only hear tales of conflict, disaster and sadness. But thanks to your support, Oxfam has been able to bring real, precious, unexpected hope to people in seemingly desperate situations - even in places like Iraq - proving that the best stories don't always make the news.

Nadi Hassan had to take her children and flee when Isis invaded Jalawla, the town in Iraq where she lived. When she was finally able to return, she found her home and her shop in ruins. Even her garden was destroyed. A grant from Oxfam helped her fix her home and get her business back on its feet. Now she’s supporting her family, helping her town recover and even growing tomatoes in her garden again.

"Oxfam helped me and made me proud because I can take care of my children on my own."

Ahmed Thamer Ali is Mayor of Saadiya, a town in Iraq that was occupied by Isis and Al Qaeda. Because he refused to accept their rule, he was targeted for assassination 11 times, and has the injuries to prove it. When Oxfam asked him what his town needed, he said ‘hope’. He wanted the town to be a place its inhabitants felt they could come back to. Where they could start living happy lives again. So together we began work on a two-stage plan: get people back to work and get the water running again.

"This work has increased our morale and restored hope in Saadiya. We thank you."

Rafd Esmail and Muhamed Hamoud were among the first people to return to Saadiya after Isis left. Working with Oxfam, they were able to repair a damaged water plant and repair 80% of the pipe network. So when residents return and start rebuilding their lives, water is one less thing they have to worry about.

Qassim Daoud was in prison while Isis were in town. He had fallen under suspicion because his barbershop was so popular with people who had fled from occupied areas, and eventually he was arrested. While in jail, he passed the time by cutting his captors’ hair. When he was eventually cleared of suspicion and released, Isis had been and gone. But his shop had been ransacked. Oxfam gave Qassim a small grant to buy new equipment and get his business running again.

"Thank god that Oxfam came and helped me open my shop again."

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