Background On December 28, 2017, protests broke out in Mashhad, Iran’s second largest city. Spurred on, according to initial reporting, by the inflationary price of goods, within days the protests spread to dozens of cities and towns throughout the country. As the protests increased, so did the nature of complaints with the issue of political …
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After the fall of Raqqa to ISIS, the Raqqa City Local Council (RCLC) came under tremendous pressure and many of its leaders had their lives threatened. DC facilitated the move out of Raqqa to Turkey and provided six months of financial support to RCLC affiliated staff.
Deir ez Zor Local Council was supported by DC’s emergency program after ISIS took control of the area. The man pictured is the former head of the Council who- after the 6 month period of support- found a job in Turkey as a teacher at an elementary school.