Wadi vows to expand work after being awarded Roland Berger Prize
published on: kirkuknow.com, 04.06.2017
The German NGO, Wadi, vows to carry on its work confronting violence with more enthusiasm after being awarded the prestigious Roland Berger Prize for Human Dignity.
In an interview with Kirkuknow, Abdullah Sabir the head of Wadi explained how the organisation came to receive the Prize and spoke about their future plans in the Kurdistan region. Wadi received the Prize on the evening of 4th of May in an event organised at the Jewish Museum in Berlin.
“We want to expand our campaign against violence and deepening the sense of citizenship on the 30th anniversary of Anfal and chemical attack in 2018 which were violence against humans and environment,” said Sabir.
Wadi was chosen by the judges as the winner of the Prize out of 335 organisations and the reasons according to Abdullah Sabir, are the valuable work that Wadi has done for an oppressed section of an oppressed society in this part of Iraq namely children and women. Wadi has campaigned on issues such as honor killing, illiteracy, forced marriage, forcing children into marriage, female genital mutilation, polygamy and etc.
Wadi started assisting the Yazidi survivors after Islamic State attacked their ancestral homeland in Sinjar killing and enslaving thousands of them and this according to Sabir attracted the attention of Roland Berger organisation. “Since Sinjar was seized, the most important aspect of our work has been the social and psychological support that our teams have provided to the victims of Daesh, the Yazidi women and girls.”
Abdullah Sabir said that the prize is a recognition of the organisation’s campaign and efforts. “This is a big achievement for Wadi even though Wadi is a recognised name amongst the NGO community, the United Nations and the international media.”
Sabir says that after receiving the prize they were contacted by a number of other organisations offering them to work together. “We want to expand our campaign against violence and and deepening the sense of citizenship on the 30th anniversary of Anfal and chemical attack in 2018 which were violence against humans and environment,” said Sabir.