BY JUSTINE VALEMBERI, WOMEN FOR WOMEN INTERNATIONAL – DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (DRC)
Nankafu is a 53-year-old mother of ten. Sadly, seven of her children have passed away and only three remain. Two are married and the youngest is in the fifth grade.
Life has not been easy for Nankafu and her children. "My husband had chased me away and abandoned me more than 15 years ago, he told me that he cannot live with a woman who loses children," she says.
Assessment Location: Samangan province, Aybak city
Type of crises: Conflict
Crisis Location: Dar-e-Suf Payeen district of Samangan province and Kunduz
Assessment Finding and Recommendation in brief:
WfWI’s partner, Free Yezidi Foundation (FYF), based at the Khanke IDP camp in the Duhok Province in Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), caters to the needs of 640 Yezidi women, most of whom are former ISIS hostages.
A historic milestone occurred last week that many thought was impossible: the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel movement signed a peace agreement, more than five decades after the start of what became the Western Hemisphere’s longest-running conflict.
The measure was then put to a referendum vote where it was expected to pass easily, but ultimately failed by a small margin. Although it’s unclear what will happen next, both sides have said they do not wish to resume the war, and peace negotiations are likely to resume.
A historic milestone occurred this week that many thought was impossible: the government of Colombia and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) rebel movement signed a peace agreement, bringing an official end to the Western Hemisphere’s longest-running conflict.
In countries affected by conflict and war, Women for Women International (WfWI) supports the most marginalized women to earn and save money, improve health and well-being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support. By utilizing skills, knowledge, and resources, she is able to create sustainable change for herself, her family, and community.