However, the sectarian wars that have marked Iraq’s recent history have permanently threatened the ability of the different communities to coexist. To date, the political and security context in Syria, Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan remains unstable, and a large number of individuals have not been able to return to their homes or areas of origin. In November 2021, Iraqi territory still had more than 1,150,000 internally displaced people, the vast majority of whom are concentrated in the northern governorates of the country, and around 287,000 refugees, mostly Syrians, 99% of whom live in the governorates of Erbil. , Dohuk and Suleimaniye, territories on which Radio Al-Salam broadcasts.
While the international community fears the resurgence of terrorism in Iraq, press freedom is regressing in the country and the link between communities remains strained, Radio Al Salam is maintaining its peace and reconciliation programs and provides access to information on subjects little covered by the local media. The radio aims to be a platform for listening, dialogue and understanding for all those who have gone through the heartbreak of exile, regardless of their religion and ethnic origin. Through their reports and testimonies from the field, the radio’s microphones relay the voices of those who have lost everything and live in the uncertainty of their return. Our studio is also a place of expression for international journalists, humanitarian workers, researchers or diplomats wishing to deliver a message to exiles.