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Who can I turn to?

Social connections, trust and problem-solving among conflict-affected populations in Iraq

2017 Available in English

Syrian refugees return from a clothing distribution at Zelikan camp in Ninewa, Iraq.

Syrian refugees return from a clothing distribution at Zelikan camp in Ninewa, Iraq. Photo: Abigail Drane/Tearfund

Tearfund and Queen Margaret University (QMU) undertook a small-scale study on social connections among displaced and settled communities in Kurdish Region of Iraq (KRI).

The purpose of the research was to learn who these crisis-affected communities turn to for support – and who they trust – in a context of conflict and displacement.

This approach can help humanitarian actors to understand existing social support networks, and use this information to design more effective programmes that strengthen community resilience.

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