Yazda Iraq

Our Yazda office in Iraq.

The Yazda office in Iraq commenced operations on the 15th of January 2015. With direct access to IDPs, refugees, returnees and the host community, Yazda Iraq is the central hub of our work. Working on the ground in Iraq allows us to effectively and efficiently support people in need to better recover from the short-, medium-, and long-term effects of the ongoing genocidal campaign perpetrated against the Yazidi people.

Locations of work:

Yazda currently works within Duhok Governorate, located within the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, and Nineveh Governorate, which is under the jurisdiction of the Federal Government of Iraq. In Dohuk, there are 22 IDP and refugee camps. We also support households and communities in informal settlements, which include non-camp locations and unfinished buildings, as well as displaced persons who may be living in urban areas. In Nineveh, we work in the Sinjar district, especially on Sinjar mountain, where IDP families have been living since 2014, and in the foothills, villages, and towns on the north side of Sinjar, where people and families are beginning to return and resettle following the liberation of the area from IS.

Staff working in the Yazda Iraq
Full Name Job Title
Silvia Zunino Country Director
Jameel Chmoer Operational Manager
Nagham Jalal Hassan Finance&HR Officer
Shaml Shamdin Khalil Finance&HR Assistant
Awad Ismeal IT Specialist and office assistant
Mairead Smith Volunteer/Events Team
Faris Mishko Cameraman and project video reporter
Sarmad Zuhiar Driver and logistics
Shawkat Yousef Driver
Hana Barkat Cook
Paula Montserrat Garcia Volunteer/Events Team
Jens Robert Volunteer/Data Management Project
Documentation Project
Guley Bor Project Manager
Ronak Hasan Translator/ Interviewer
Maher Haji Translator/ Interviewer
Zaid Salam Translator/ Interviewer
Farhan Dakheel Translator/ Interviewer
Ahmed Sharaf Translator/ Interviewer
Administrative support and PSS for survivors
Khalil Mjo Khalaf Project Manager
Farida Fareet Case Manager
Nada Shiekho Case Manager
Children Informal Education Program
Firas Haji Omer Project Manager
Mobile Medical Unit
Derbo Abdulhah Project Manager/ Medic
Saido Qaro Nurse
Najla’ Naif Nurse
Suhaila Aeto Khalaf Volunteer nurse
Volunteer pharmacist
Small Business
Sami Haji Project Manager
Hajar Safar Logistics Assistant

Yazda Iraq Director


Silvia Zunino joined Yazda as country director in February. She has a background in management, architecture, and art therapy counseling through both the private and public sectors. Silvia’s experience with NGOs has included working to rebuild schools and hospitals in Kosovo in 1999 and managing and preventing cholera outbreaks in Tanzania with Doctors without Borders. Originally from northern Italy, she has spent most of the past twenty years living overseas.



Operations Manager


Jameel Chomer is the manager of operations. He, along with his wife and three children, escaped Shingal on August 3rd. Now living in Dohuk, Jameel used to teach in Shingal. He holds a degree from Mosul University, College of Education, in the Psychology Department.



Finance and Human Resources Officer


Nagham Jalal is a finance and human resource officer with a Business Administration degree from the American University of Iraq-Sulymaniyah. She was very involved in university life, holding a job in a women’s dormitory and volunteering on the weekends. She has come to Dohuk from her home town of Bashiqa.



IT Officer


Awad Ismael is an IT specialist. He graduated from the University of Mosul with a degree in computer engineering.  He previously worked as a representative for Medianet, and remains the sole person who can persuade the printer and copier to function.



General Assistant


Firas Haji Omer acts as both a translator and general assistant and holds a degree in Education. He founded the NGO Rainbow Group two years ago, beginning with informal teaching of refugee children.



Photographer and Filmmaker


Faris Mishko Faris is a photographer and filmmaker for Yazda. He has experience reporting and editing for television, and filming in Shingal. He previously worked at Rudaw Chanel.



Deputy Operation manager


Saido Khairy: Saido is holding a bachelor degree in education, he has been active in many NGOs and cultural centers before and after the ISIS attacks on Yazidi people.



Media and Human Rights officer


Talal Haskani is a social media activist and working as media manager at Yazda-Iraq. He hold a bachelor degree in pharmacy.



General Coordinator


Khalil Mecho Khalat is the general coordinator and Bitaqa manager. He currently lives in the Bersive camp, and is acting as the office manager.





Hanaa Barakat Naif is a wonderful cook. Originally from Shingal, she lives in the Sharya IDP Camp.




Shawkat Yousif Mato is a driver for Yazda. Originally from Shingal, he and his wife now live in Dohuk.





Sarmad  Zuhair Salim is a driver at Yazda and he is based in Dohuk.


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