RCF - the House of Artists in Domiz refugee camp

In Iraq, up to 250,000 Syrian refugees are hosted in nine camps in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. Out of those, 35,000 found haven in Domiz camp. To help them cope with the overwhelming and sudden change and integrate into the social fabric of the Kurdish community, the Governor of the Region of Duhok inaugurated on 20th June (World Refugee Day), the “House of Artists” initiative as part of the Fil Manfa project.


Fil Manfa and the House of Artists, initiated and backed by the Roberto Cimetta Fund (RFC) and UNFPA, offer young refugee artists a safe space to develop their talents and practice live or visual arts, dancing and music. Hundreds of adolescents and youth have so far benefited from the project globally.


Although the Roberto Cimetta Fund is not a humanitarian organisation, it measured the need to provide immediate support and to reconnect fellow artists in Duhok, in Istanbul, in Beirut, extending the Fil Manfa project further, wherever artists in exile in the neighbourhood of conflict need support.

This initiative is all about cultural and human rights. Everyone of us, even the most underprivileged, carries his or her own culture. Art is a bridge to reconnect those who have been displaced and preserve this culture.


The inauguration was attended among others by Mr Farhad Ameen Atrushi, the Governor of the Region of Duhok; Mr Dominique Mas, the French Consul in Erbil; Mr Ferdinand Richard, the Chairman of the Roberto Cimetta Fund; Ms Siham Mamand, the Assistant Head of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Kurdistan Regional Government; Mr Nestor Owomuhangi, the Deputy Representative of UNFPA to Iraq; Omar Berakdar, Fil Manfa Manager in Istanbul; Thomas Fansten, Advisor for Culture and Human Rights, City of Paris; Emilie Heriteau, Representative of the SYNDEAC; Shayda Hessami, Chair of Humanitarian Aid and Journalism.


We extend our gratitude to the Kurdish Regional Government, and to their representation office in Paris, as well as to the following donors of this project: The French Ministry of Culture; the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the City of Paris; the City of Tenerife; The Senator of the French Republic Marie-Christine Blandin; the SYNDEAC (French syndicate of artistic and cultural companies).


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