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The lights of peace, hope and freedom

Katherine Davies
Katherine Davies | December 19, 2016

For many, the festive season is in full swing and our streets and homes are dressed in coloured lights. In communal spaces, lighting spectacles can surprise and delight. Sometimes the simplest are the most touching such as a candle-lit pathway or table.

Preparing our homes, we signal to loved ones we may seldom see that this shared space has been made special to honor our time together. And we busy ourselves organising gifts.

Often at this time of sharing, our thoughts can turn to those in the world without our many blessings, those who right now are struggling to survive and protect their families, and who have nowhere to call home. As we attend to the giving for family and friends, we also want to give to people in difficulty whether we know them or not.

At iguacu, we investigate the world’s serious crises such as Syria and South Sudan, and identify effective charities on the ground addressing the key humanitarian challenges.

As Founder and CEO of iguacu, I am often speaking to members of the public about their desire to support people in great need. It is very inspiring to witness the great many who want to help and help effectively. I do not agree with the view that we suffer from “compassion fatigue”.

Rather I see a future where far fewer people in the world experience great suffering. At iguacu, we are on a different journey to the noise you may be used to hearing, and we welcome you to join us.

First, we are setting out to make it effortless for the public to give effectively to those caught in the middle of a war, natural disaster or other crisis. We will have a new platform in the Spring and much else is planned for the new year. Sign up for our brief monthly e-news to stay in touch with the iguacu community. And if you’re looking to give now, find out about our recommended charities via

The lights of the holiday season remind me of the lights of peace, hope, freedom, love and the quality we all share to care for each other. We know we have the capacity to spread that light around the world and we are steadily going about making that happen.

The iguacu community wishes you all a joyful and heart-warming festive season.

Mosul update

Sinan al-Hawat
Sinan al-Hawat | October 27, 2016


The long-awaited military operation to retake Mosul from so-called Islamic State (IS) was announced by Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi on October 16.

It is considered to be the most complex military operation in the country since the American invasion in 2003. There will be significant political and humanitarian implications and challenges as a result.

Mosul is the largest city under the control of the IS in Iraq. The city fell to IS two years ago after the Iraqi army put up little resistance to the assault. The victory allowed IS to proclaim its alleged caliphate in Iraq and Syria.

Losing Mosul will deal the militant group a very strong blow. But, the defeat of IS in itself will not guarantee the city and its civilians a peaceful future.


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