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“Made by Iraqi Girls”: initiative for Iraqi refugees in Jordan

“Made by Iraqi Girls”: initiative for Iraqi refugees in Jordan

AMMAN – Set up on initiative of a priest from the Latin Patriarchate and two Italian tailors, the Association Rafidin* encourages young Iraqi refugees to rebuild their lives through making clothes.

They are eleven Iraqi and Christian refugees, in a small workshop in Amman, in Jordan: Sandra, Dalida, Diana, Farah, Santa, Shahad, Mariam, Sally, Zina, Sophia and Dina. They fled away when Islamic State militias invaded Mosul a year and half ago. They rebuild their lives through making clothes by infusing colors and Eastern tradition with a Western style.

Restoring hope and dignity to refugees

The project runs at the initiative of Rosaria Diflumeri, Italian tailor, and of Carla Ladogan, expert in the textile industry, responding to the request of Fr. Mario Cornioli who hosts refugees in Amman. The basic idea is to create a job for these refugees who mostly cannot work, but simply wait to get their visas: “Life in Jordan is not easy for refugees – says Fr. Cornioli – they are not allowed to work, and cannot easily access health and educational services. A project like this is a good way to come out of idleness which withholds you while away from home,   living under hard conditions”. The Association Rafidin encourages these refugees to learn and to practice sewing while saving money. Products labelled “Made by Iraqi Girls” are sold to the benefit of these young tailors.

“We have learnt something useful, and created something beautiful “

Carla Ladogana and Rosaria Diflumeri teach these young ladies sewing at the Salesian Sisters in Amman in order to train them to use old sewing machines put at their disposal by the community. Most of them had never before used a needle as Shahad points out: “This project is very useful, for before it started many of us had never practiced sewing. We have learnt something useful, and created thus something beautiful”.

In order to help these young Iraqis, close to one thousand volunteers from the Italian community of Amman help and support the Association, with impressive results. Some products were presented in Italy on the Day of Women’s Rights on March 8. Clothes, which cost between 50 to 150 euros, are getting increasingly interesting. Next step? Preparing a marketing strategy online. The Association Rafidin is reachable on internet through a Facebook page where new products are presented.

Thomas Charrière

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*Rafidin means “two rivers”, a term that refers to Tigris and Euphrates, two main rivers of Iraq.