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ISHM 46: January 15 – 21, 2016

Key Takeaways: The United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a new report documenting the staggering impact that the ongoing conflict in Iraq is having on civilians. According to the report, between January 2014 and October 2015, war-related… 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

Reassessing the Global Refugee Crisis

“Conflict is natural. The issue is how well we manage conflict and attempt to not allow it progress to violence.” – President of USIP, Nancy Lindborg In a globalized world, it is nearly impossible to be completely insulated. There are faster planes, faster trains, and faster bandwidth. However, what has… Read more

The Power of Empathy and Advocacy

“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

Soccer Salam Coalition Builds On Success; Launches Crowdfunding Campaign To Raise $20,000 For Iraqi Children And Families Fleeing ISIS

For Immediate Release July 24, 2015 – Washington, DC – After raising over $30,000 for humanitarian aid and soccer balls, the Soccer Salam coalition issued an appeal today for $20,000 in humanitarian support for Iraqis fleeing from ISIS-related violence. The appeal follows the coalition’s successful airlift of 5 tons of… Read more

Meet a Woman Who’s Rolling Up Her Sleeves to Help Families in Need

The current situation in Iraq is bleak. According to UNOCHA, 7.8 million people need access to essential health services. 4.1 million need access to water sanitation and hygiene, and 4.4 million require food assistance. 45% of these people are children. Many are unaware of the full extent of this… Read more

Special Report: The Forgotten Displaced Families of Anbar

by Cathy Otten with introduction by Ahmed Ali Introduction On March 20th, Erbil-based reporter Cathy Otten and I visited Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) from Anbar to document their living conditions and situation. Starting in January 2014, Iraqi families from the Fallujah area in eastern Anbar were part of the first… Read more

EPIC Welcomes Ahmed Ali as Visiting Senior Fellow, Launches Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 30, 2015 Contact: Erik Gustafson Phone: (202) 682-0208 Email: Washington, DC – EPIC Executive Director Erik Gustafson announced today that leading Iraq analyst Ahmed Ali has joined EPIC as a Senior Visiting Fellow and will serve as Director of the Iraq Security and Humanitarian Monitor… 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