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Support Iraqi refugee children struggling to preserve their ancient culture in Jordan and Syria by providing them with a musical education: Support Displaced Iraqi Kids
Iraqi Music Schools have now been set up by Musical Missions of Peace in the largest Iraqi refugee populations of Syria and Jordan so that Iraqi refugee children can carry forward the ancient microtonal music styles and the ancient poetic lyrics of their civilization.
The creation of these schools has been met by these Iraqi refugees with a huge welcome.
Having been driven out of their home country, millions of them are now living in Syria and Jordan, the only countries into which they have been allowed entrance in large numbers.
Many Iraqi musicians, highly skilled in these ancient indigenous styles, are taking this opportunity to begin the work of passing their art onto young Iraqi refugee children while earning precious livlihood for their families.
We have sources in Jordan and Syria for traditional instruments for maqam music such as ouds, violins, qanuns, nays, riqqs, and santours so that these Iraqi students can practice their musical arts.
From 2008 Through 2011 Musical Missions of Peace has succeeded in providing $9000 in support for these Iraqi musicians to teach in Syria and Jordan. This program is currently on hold as we await additional funding.