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It’s an exciting time for EPIC’s mission of peace in Iraq. We just opened an office in Erbil in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq as we join a multi-organizational USAID effort to support the safe and voluntary return of displaced Iraqis to their homes in Ninewa Province. Through the project, we are determined to help restore the diversity of Ninewa where ISIS forcibly drove out Yazidis, Assyrians, Turkomen, and other Iraqi communities vital to the social fabric and economic life of the region. Back in our DC office, we have been hard at work advancing EPIC’s mission through research, podcasts,
In 2014, the Iraqi Yazidi community, a small ethno-religious minority residing mostly in the area of Sinjar, a mountainous region in Ninewa, northwestern Iraq, was subjected to a campaign of massacres, mass kidnappings and enslavement of women, boys and girls at the hands of ISIS. Between 2,000-5,000 Yazidis lost their lives and about 6,000 women and children kidnapped; about 3,000 of them remain missing. The survivors of the genocide fled mostly to areas under the control of the Kurdish Regional Government in northern Iraq and northeastern Syria. Although Sinjar was liberated from ISIS in 2015 and the surrounding areas
Protests have become a seasonal phenomenon in Basra province, southern Iraq. To date, Baghdad’s change of regime has made little difference for Basra’s 4.5 million mostly Shia Muslim residents who are frustrated with government corruption and shortages of electricity, clean water, and employment opportunities.
The holiday season is a good time to reflect on what we have accomplished in 2018 thanks to the generous support of donors, partners and volunteers like you. As the Education for Peace in Iraq Center prepares to expand our in-country humanitarian work in 2019, we wanted to highlight some of what we have done in Iraq over the past year. This year we responded to the mental health care needs of families and children recovering from years of armed conflict and persecution under ISIS. Launching EPIC’s Trauma Recovery Initiative with our award-winning partner, the Iraq Health Access Organization (IHAO),
On this edition of IRAQ MATTERS, Rasha Al-Aqeedi, a native of Mosul and an acclaimed Iraq analyst, discusses Mosul’s 3 years under ISIS, ongoing challenges to the city’s security and recovery, the role of young people and civil society in the fight against intolerance, and Ninewa’s central importance for enabling peace in Iraq.
This month, a group of Iraqi medical professionals, social workers and psychiatrists gathered in Mosul for three days to undergo intensive training on integrating the provision of mental health care in primary health care centers and hospitals. The professionals in this group work at 16 different facilities and organizations across Iraq, in Mosul, Sinjar, Baghdad and other locations, all affected by years of war. Some of the training participants The training was led by Dr. Abdul-Monaf al-Jadiry, one of Iraq’s leading psychiatrists, who conducted an in-depth needs assessment of the mental health care sector in Ninewa and the government and
Communities in Iraq are putting their lives back together after years of conflict. Amid efforts to physically rebuild Iraqi cities and towns that witnessed heavy fighting, Iraqi mental health professionals are beginning to address the less visible fallouts of the war – the trauma children and families continue to experience even as threats to their safety recede. Today, on World Mental Health Day, we ask you to contribute to the efforts of the selfless Iraqis working to help communities overcome the horrors they have endured. We have launched a CrowdRise campaign aiming to raise $15,000 by the end of October
I am humbled and honored to connect with EPIC today as the newest, and possibly youngest, member of EPIC’s Board of Directors. In my view, EPIC’s work has never been more important to breaking the cycle of violence in Iraq, which is why I’m eager to reconnect with supporters like you. Come join me in supporting EPIC’s CrowdRise campaign to bring hope to children and families in need. Here’s a little bit about me. I was born and raised in Baghdad and left Iraq in late 2006 amidst the sectarian civil war. I sought refuge in Syria where I lived for
In places like Mosul and Sinjar, communities have embarked on the long road to recovery. Young people are using their bare hands to clear debris. Health clinics and shops have reopened and schools are preparing for the next school year. While such physical signs of rebuilding can be seen across Iraq’s conflict-affected areas, we must never lose sight of the hidden wounds of war. That’s why we’ve launching this CrowdRise campaign. Our goal: raise $15,000 by July 15th to kick start the provision of mental health care for traumatized children and families in areas most affected by ISIS and
We have seen it firsthand in Mosul and among displaced families who have fled to safer areas. The human costs of ISIS’s atrocities and the war have been devastating for families and their children. EPIC’s Board of Directors and I invite you to join us on CrowdRise today as we respond to support mental health care for traumatized families in Iraq. Support our campaign on CrowdRise. Throughout the crisis, EPIC stood with the people of Iraq during their time of need. Supporters like you helped us deliver humanitarian assistance to more than 60,000 Iraqis fleeing ISIS or caught in areas
This information is reposted from our friends at the Iraqi-American Young Professionals for Iraqis in the U.S. interested in voting in Iraq’s May Parliamentary elections: Iraqis living in the U.S. who are interested in voting in the May elections can do so May 10 and May 11. Make sure you have everything required, but remember that the right to vote is a constitutionally protected right that no one can take away without a good reason. If a polling official says there is a problem with your documentation, ask to speak to the poll manager. Do not let them turn