Wednesday, September 3 2014 4:24 AM EDT2014-09-03 08:24:24 GMT
Japan's prime minister picked a record-matching five women for his Cabinet.More >>
Japan's prime minister picked five women for his Cabinet Wednesday, matching the past record and sending the strongest message yet about his determination to revive the economy by getting women on board as workers and...More >>
Wednesday, September 3 2014 4:23 AM EDT2014-09-03 08:23:43 GMT
A spokesman for the Russian president says Vladimir Putin has discussed a peace settlement in eastern Ukraine with President Petro Poroshenko and found that they "largely share views" on ways out of the crisis.More >>
The office of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko says he and Russian President Vladimir Putin have reached agreement on a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine.More >>
Wednesday, September 3 2014 3:34 AM EDT2014-09-03 07:34:40 GMT
President Xi Jinping tended to huge bouquets and gunners fired salutes Wednesday as China commemorated Japan's World War II surrender in a campaign to remind the world of Tokyo's historical aggression amid...More >>
President Xi Jinping tended to huge bouquets and gunners fired salutes Wednesday as China commemorated Japan's World War II surrender in a campaign to remind the world of Tokyo's historical aggression amid tense...More >>
Wednesday, September 3 2014 3:12 AM EDT2014-09-03 07:12:35 GMT
The first item on the to-do list of Indonesia's president-elect is one that successive leaders have struggled with, and could be his toughest: how to wean the country off fuel subsidies that make gasoline...More >>
The first item on the to-do list of Indonesia's president-elect is one that successive leaders have struggled with, and could be his toughest: how to wean the country off fuel subsidies that make gasoline almost as...More >>
(CNN) – An orphanage in Baghdad is giving a glimpse of hope in the midst of violence.
Children of dead militants or suicide attackers and those of victims are peacefully living together after their lives were torn apart.
Luay is 7-years-old and has never been told how his father died. His mother thinks it’s better that way.
Walaa is 6-years-old and has no memories of her father, only that there was a loud noise the night he died.
Hajer’s father was a policeman. She remembers him a little. He was gunned down on the street by their home seven years ago.
At the Al Nour Children’s Center in Baghdad, it’s a roll call of loss and fractured lives.
It is here that children of victims of terror attacks are brought bringing with them tales of horror.
"Layla, Zahraa, their brother and sister were found playing around the bodies of their parents after both were killed in a terrorist attack here Sadr city. Zahraa has just turned one-year-old and she's being looked after at the orphanage."
As the violence in Iraq begins to spiral again, more and more children are being brought to Al Nour
But it’s not just to the children of the victims that Al Nour opens its doors. Some, like 11-year-old Bandar, have parents suspected of perpetrating attacks.
The center director Liqaa Al-Aboudi believes the only way Iraqis can build a future together is if the children of both murderer and victim learn to coexist.
They are all orphans to us, she said.
Most of the staff are unpaid. They, like Al-Aboudi , give their time for free.
They want the world to see that the children of monsters are still children. And there is hope for them and for the country.
Al-Aboudi’s husband was killed in a terror attack. She says it made her want to do something with her life.
"I took in 10 orphans in the beginning, I started the center for them and brought in teachers and now by the will of God we have 300 orphans," Al-Aboudi said.
The orphanage houses some children and supports the aunts, grandmothers, cousins and neighbors that have stepped in to help raise the rest.
As the numbers of Iraq’s dead swell, this is becoming an all too familiar story.
"Do you ever feel overwhelmed?" CNN reporter Nima Elbagir said.
"Yes,” Al-Aboudi said. “Often I feel I let the children down. I wish we could provide even more"
Al-Aboudi hopes Al Nour will always be a refuge from the horror that lies outside its doors.
But nothing in Iraq is for certain.
Even if one day, she herself, falls victim to the violence, she says she believes her children, as she calls them. will carry on her work.
They know how important it is, she says, to build unity, whatever the cost.
Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-09-03 03:12:05 GMT
The World Food Program says it provided food to a record 4.1 million people inside Syria last month.More >>
Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant...More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-09-03 02:24:06 GMT
Amnesty International has accused the militant Islamic State group of carrying out a systematic campaign of mass killings, abductions and ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq that could amount to war crimes.More >>
An international rights group accused the extremist Islamic State group on Tuesday of systematic "ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq targeting indigenous religious minorities, as well as conducting mass killings of men and...More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:01 PM EDT2014-09-03 02:01:35 GMT
President Barack Obama has approved assigning 350 additional troops to protect the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and its support facilities.More >>
The U.S. is adding 350 more troops to help protect the American Embassy in Baghdad and its support facilities in the capital, raising the number of U.S. forces in the country to over 1,000, officials said Tuesday.More >>
Tuesday, September 2 2014 6:55 PM EDT2014-09-02 22:55:26 GMT
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan blamed the Obama administration Tuesday for contributing to the circumstances that led to the swift ascent of the Islamic State, a militant group that purportedly beheaded a second American...More >>
U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan blamed the Obama administration Tuesday for contributing to the circumstances that led to the swift ascent of the Islamic State, a militant group that purportedly beheaded a second American journalist...More >>
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