Following the fall of the Saddam regime in Iraq, the first ever treatment centre for survivors of torture and war violence was opened in 2005.

The centre is called the Jiyan Foundation for Human Rights and on Friday I spoke with Salah Ahmad, the Founder.

Salah is a child and family therapist from Iraq who, after experiencing flight and exile himself, has made it his mission to improve access to psychological assistance for victims of violence in Iraq and Syria.

Have you ever stopped to think how people work through the pain of terror, torture and war?

How accessible that type of support is?

And what happens if people aren’t treated?

Learn about the significant challenges the region faces.

But also hear of Salah’s hope.

I was truly inspired and moved by the stories.

No doubt you will be too.

So grab your favourite beverage, or throw on your running shoes, and then have a listen here.

And please do let me know what you think. I always love getting your feedback.

If you’re keen to make a tangible impact on the Jiyan Foundation in 6 short weeks, whilst honing your leadership skills to better lead in today’s world, there is still time to get involved. But the clock is ticking.

This first-ever TIE Accelerator project is launching on the 12th of October.  And we have a powerhouse team already lined up to work with the Jiyan Foundation – an amazing group of professionals from the US, Canada and UK.  So act fast if you want to join this team of people looking for a new challenge to help them grow, push their brains and give back.

It will be a test for you like no other, something you will always remember and you don’t need any prior international development experience.

TIE Accelerator is a professionally run six-week leadership programme, CPD-accredited and takes just 2 hours a day.

Learn more and join our info session on Thursday:

Or, apply at