Year: 2014

Soccer Salam Update: Successful First Delivery

  Heads up! Soccer Salam has successfully made its first delivery of emergency aid and soccer balls to Iraq. The cargo included 1,000 sleeping bags purchased in bulk with donations, 1,000 blankets generously donated by Northwest Woolen Mills, and 1,000 Franklin soccer balls that we’re delivering as an expression of… Read more

Wheels Up: Plane Departs for Iraq Carrying Five Tons of Emergency Humanitarian Aid and 1,000 Soccer Balls for Iraqi Children and Families Fleeing ISIS

December 19, 2014 – Washington, DC – A flight carrying more than five tons of emergency winter aid and 1,000 soccer balls left the United States today for delivery to extremely vulnerable children and families displaced by ISIS in Iraq. The Soccer Salam initiative, launched December 9, is making its… Read more

Four US Charities Team Up to Deliver Emergency Winter Supplies, Soccer Balls to Iraqi Children and Families Fleeing ISIS

December 10, 2014 – Washington, DC – A coalition of four US-based charities founded by veterans of Desert Storm and the Iraq War are mobilizing emergency winter aid for Iraqi families fleeing ISIS and delivering soccer balls to Iraqi children who deserve a chance to play. “Soccer Salam” kicked off… Read more

#18: United in Diversity: The Story of Iraq’s Christian Communities

You may have seen it on your social media feed. These days it seems to be appearing everywhere. The Arabic ن (“noon”) symbol has been used by the Islamic State to mark Christian homes and businesses. Now Christians and their supporters, as well as advocates for religious freedom around the world are turning the tables and using it as a symbol of solidarity. Tune in to this episode to hear from Nuri Kino, Juliana Taimoorazy, and Jeff Gardner and learn more about how a global movement is coming together to defend Iraq’s minorities and preserve its rich heritage and cultural diversity.

Welcome to Tent Ed 2.0

It is getting really cold in Iraq. As aid agencies scramble to provide shelter for two million recently displaced Iraqis and hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees, there are still families and children who have not yet been reached. In a complex humanitarian emergency of this scale, there will always… Read more

#17: Winter is Coming

Across Iraq and the region, millions of Iraqis and Syrians fleeing ISIS face another threat: winter. How are governments responding to this fast approaching humanitarian emergency? Can aid agencies move fast enough to provide shelter for so many before the freezing temperatures and heavy rains begin? Daryl Grisgraber of Refugees International stops by our office for an in-depth conversation about the growing crisis and what you can do to help. "Winter is coming" is more than just a warning from the House of Stark. It's a harsh reality that millions of displaced and vulnerable Iraqis and Syrians will soon face.

Security and Governance Update with Joel Wing

[soundcloud url=”″ params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /] On September 30th, we got to talk with Joel Wing, who writes the blog, Musings on Iraq, highlighting the latests security developments, the current foreign policy responses, and discuss how Iraq’s prime minister is handling the conflict. Tune in to get a… Read more