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HospitaliTEA – Kurdish Hospitality Knows No Limits, Also, Lots of Tea

Between Iraq and a Hard Place – Episode 39

Hannah and Colleen talk about the beautiful extravagance of Kurdish hospitality and walk you through what it’s like to go on a visit to a Kurdish or Middle Eastern home. Hospitality is a key cultural value and is both generous and overwhelming in Northern Iraq […]

March 31st, 2020|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Coronavirus Lockdown in Iraq — Easter is Coming

We’ve been in lockdown in my city in Northern Iraq for over week. These last few days I’ve felt both a liar and a failure.  A liar because I’ve posted the pretty pictures, not the ones of my dry-eyed stare from watching hours of shows non-stop or the various chocolate wrappers from my I-don’t-care-anymore-and-I’m-bored munching.  A failure […]

March 24th, 2020|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

The Cash Economy in Iraq

In the US we’re pretty used to using our credit cards to pay for things and we’re adding all sorts of new electronic payment methods. But in Northern Iraq, nearly everything is still done in cash. Hannah and Colleen discuss a few of the multitude of reasons for this, but more about the effect […]

December 13th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on The Cash Economy in Iraq

Taking the Kids to Iraq – A Podcast Interview with Robin

Hannah and Colleen interview Robin, who (with her husband, Dave) took her two kids to live in Iraq. What did this do to her kids? Her family and their relationships? Listen to us ask her all about her stories and adventures from when she and her family lived in Iraq.

Email us at hannah@servantgroup.org […]

October 24th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Taking the Kids to Iraq – A Podcast Interview with Robin

Iraq is Dangerous, Go Anyway – Live Webinar

How often do you get to talk to someone who is living in Iraq? We get to do it every week, and we want to share that experience with you!

We’ll be talking with some of our staff who are currently living in Iraq and want you to have a chance to ask your questions […]

October 7th, 2019|Categories: Home Office, Iraq|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Iraq is Dangerous, Go Anyway – Live Webinar

Parenting Internationally – A Conversation With Parents of Young Children in Kurdistan

Hannah interviews our director, John, and his wife, Mary, about how they became parents while living in Iraq and what it was like raising their family there. Living in Iraq has unique challenges for parents. (While Colleen watched the kids!)

Want to join us? We’re always looking for more adventurous families to join our teams in […]

May 29th, 2019|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Parenting Internationally – A Conversation With Parents of Young Children in Kurdistan

May in Iraq

I am hot and sweaty. I recently arrived back home in Suly after spending two days trekking across Northern Iraq to see the schools in Dohuk and Hawler (Erbil). It was an interesting adventure of bumpy roads, security checkpoints, and back roads. I was again impressed with the beauty of this country. The mountains […]

April 24th, 2019|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on May in Iraq

Tiny Pieces of Paper

Sometimes I am astounded at my kids. This week has been… I struggle to find a sufficient adjective to describe the strange combination of blessings and struggles. One boy brought me a little charm of the American Flag. A girl brought me a necklace that she made herself out of little gold colored glass […]

March 12th, 2019|Categories: Iraq|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Tiny Pieces of Paper

It’s Electric! – Podcast Episode 18

One of our favorite topics about Iraq is all the ELECTRICITY! Also, the lack of it. It’s one of those things that we in the U.S. definitely take for granted and see as our right. Not so in Iraq! Power outages are common and wiring is… creative. =)

(Also, there is conversation about the electric […]

October 23rd, 2018|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on It’s Electric! – Podcast Episode 18

Is it Safe? – Security, Guards, and Checkpoints in Iraq: Podcast Episode 14

Is it Secret? Is it Safe?
Hannah and Colleen finally dive into the question you have all really been wondering about. Is it safe? What they really wanted to do was give you the statistics about how much more likely you are to be killed by car accidents, falling pianos, or even your own clothing… […]

August 28th, 2018|Categories: Audio, Iraq|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Is it Safe? – Security, Guards, and Checkpoints in Iraq: Podcast Episode 14