Rex Ripple Effects in Iraq


In 2007 and 2008, the Rex Foundation provided grants to help Christine Stevens of UpBeat Drum Circles bring drumming as a peacemaking and community-building tool to war-torn areas of Iraq.

Rex executive director Sandy Sohcot recently received this report and pictures from Christine’s latest trip.

Thank you so much for your support of our project in Iraq. Thanks to Rex Foundation, there are ongoing drum circles weekly in four cities recovering from the war in northern Iraq; including Halabjah, Darbandikhan, Koya, and Suliamaniya. In addition, we were able to join them for a ribbon cutting ceremony of the first-ever music therapy clinic for children’s rehabilitation in Iraq.

Happy drumming,