Landscape with Yazidi temple in Northern Iraq. © Ivars Kupcis / WCC

Landscape with Yazidi temple in Northern Iraq. © Ivars Kupcis / WCC


As the populations of Syria and Iraq feel the toll of armed conflicts in their countries, the World Council of Churches (WCC) and Norwegian Church Aid (NCA) are releasing a joint study, “Protection needs of minorities from Syria and Iraq,” in Oslo, Norway, on 28 November.

Speakers, who will present the study’s key methodologies and findings, include WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, NCA general secretary Anne-Marie Nørstelien Helland, and state secretary in the Norway Ministry of Foreign Affairs Marit Berger Røsland.

The report launch will be live-streamed. Though no formal question-and-answer session is planned, the media will be able to approach speakers and other subject matter experts after the official launch.

What: Report Launch (also live-streamed)

When: 28 November, 09.00-10.30

Where: Litteraturhuset, Wergelandsveien 29, 0167 Oslo


Report presentation Oslo: Pdf file, 1,4 MB

Media contacts: Please contact WCC director of communication Marianne Ejdersten:, +41 79 507 63 63.

Invitation for questions: Media and public are kindly invited to submit questions via e-mail to Marianne Ejdersten,

The report launch in Oslo will be followed by a public event on 12 December, at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

About the study:

The impact of conflicts on civilian populations in Iraq and Syria is immense, forcing the displacement of many, and causing trauma from violence, loss or injury of loved ones, sexual violence, exploitation and abuse, ongoing insecurity and persecution.

And while many issues are common for minorities in Iraq and Syria, the two countries stand at different crossroads. The WCC-NCA study complements already available information by contributing to the understanding of protection-related needs of minority groups from Syria and Iraq. It is geared towards humanitarian actors, for them to attune, coordinate and harmonise their efforts to provide relevant life-saving assistance and sustainable long-term solutions for all groups in the society.

The WCC and NCA report "The protection needs of minorities from Syria and Iraq"