Month: November 2015

#23: A Trip Report on Iraq’s Displacement Crisis with Refugees International

Since the escalation of armed conflict in Iraq that began with ISIS seizing territory in Anbar in January 2014, 3.2 million people have fled their homes. As Refugees International reports: "They are living in rented accommodations, unfinished buildings, and makeshift camps, often without adequate food, water, or medical care." We talk with Refugees International's Senior Advocate Daryl Grisgraber about her recent mission to Baghdad and her visits to the southern city of Hilla and a hard-to-reach area in Anbar. Get a firsthand account of the crisis, including untold stories of some of the families most affected and of youth volunteers who are responding to their needs. We then share highlights of our recent briefing with Ahmed Ali, including his views on the fight against ISIS, the challenges facing Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, and the recent unrest in Iraqi Kurdistan.

ISHM 38: November 5 – 12, 2015

Key Takeaways: An Iraqi Kurdish-led offensive aimed at retaking the city of Sinjar has begun. The majority of the offensive is comprised of Peshmerga forces, with thousands of Yazidi fighters supported by International Coalition forces. In August 2014, Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) captured the city of Sinjar,… Read more

EPIC Honors the Role of Veterans in Charity’s History and Mission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE In his annual Proclamation ahead of Veterans Day, President Barack Obama declared: “On Veterans Day, we reflect on the immeasurable burdens borne by so few in the name of so many, and we rededicate ourselves to supporting those who have worn America’s uniform and the families who… Read more

ISHM 37: October 29 – November 05, 2015

Key Takeaways: As operations to liberate the city of Ramadi from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) continue, Iraqi Security Forces (ISF) seized control of the “Seven Kilometer Area” in western Ramadi and the northern neighborhood of al-Jeraishi. The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) announced that… Read more