Last week, Wehda al-Jumaili, a member of the Human Rights Committee in the Iraqi parliament reported that Iraq is establishing courts to issue birth certificates and identification cards to Iraqi children who were born under ISIS rule. This remarkable and laudable decision, once implemented, will affect the lives of tens… Read more
“I have long said that Americans are the most generous people in the world. But we do have the shortest attention spans. And when it comes to global crises today, I fear that too many in the United States believe that we can insulate ourselves from the world’s problems and… Read more
With recent events in Iraq, it is easy to forget the positives that have been going on there. Thus, today I would like to focus on a story about a life taken and a life returned.
When the world’s attention focuses on stories of political violence and conflict — like… Read more
With the possibility of a US military strike looming, the conflict in Syria has received more media coverage than ever, and one of the most talked about issues are the two million plus Syrian refugees who have fled the country. Refugees have traveled to any neighboring country where they are… Read more
One hot Iraq summer day in 2005, my unit went on a mission to explore the schools area near Camp Corregidor, Ramadi and ascertain their status. We wanted to know what schools were in operation and what they were teaching. Beginning in the early morning hours, we strolled through the… Read more
As has been highlighted several times, we at EPIC have a great relationship with the Sponsor Iraqi Children Foundation, another non-profit based here in the Washington area. Last fall, we interviewed SCIF volunteer Cindy Fogleman about her organization’s work in Iraq, as well as highlighted their future goals in… Read more
“I feel blessed waking up every day knowing that my parents are still alive,” – EPIC intern Farah Rasool, who lived in the heart of Baghdad with her family until late 2006.
Imagine waking up one day and finding yourself without a family. As adults living in the United States… Read more
On May 4th, EPIC’s partner organization, the Sponsor Iraqi Children Foundation, held its very first 5-kilometer run, in Fairfax, Virginia, entitled “In Their Shoes.” The run raised an incredible amount of money – over $30,000 – for orphans and street kids in Iraq. The 160+ participants included Iraqi-Americans, the former… Read more
Last week, our executive director Erik sat down with Ahmed Ali to discuss the challenges facing Iraq’s education system, and the value of programs like PHOTOVOICE IRAQ: Picturing Change. Ahmed is not only an Iraq analyst and scholar whose work has been published in Foreign Policy Magazine and the… Read more