The colder months at the Fly on the Wall offices in Dumbo usually mean crisp cool air, breaking out the sweaters, and embarking on many new and exciting projects. This year was no exception. We had several new undertakings throughout fall, leading us into winter; The weather, however, has not quite been what we’re used to, as we spent the first week of this past “Fall” in the 115 degree heat of Erbil, Iraq!
We traveled to Erbil on behalf of the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation to tell the story of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the work they’re doing in Iraq.
We all know MSF as the internationally acclaimed organization going fearlessly into war zones to deliver emergency aid to people in need.
What many people don’t know is that MSF incorporates a mental health component into all the work they do.
As such – the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation awarded MSF with this year’s Pardes Prize – an international Prize, bestowed annually that recognizes an individual or organization whose contribution has made a profound and lasting impact by improving the lives of people suffering from mental illness, and by advancing the understanding of mental health.
What we documented in Northern Iraq was MSF’s work with over 90,000 internally displaced people – many of them fleeing the horrors and brutality of ISIS.
What we witnessed was a team of the most amazing human beings – each one dedicated to healing the unseen psychological scars and helping individuals on a road back to normal.
And below are some photos we snapped on the road: