We’re on a meaningful journey together.
For a quarter-century, thanks to supporters like you, EPIC has worked to advance peace and human rights in Iraq and the Kurdistan Region.
We have stood against international sanctions and the atrocities of Saddam Hussein, navigated the aftermath of the 2003 U.S.-led invasion, documented ISIS’s genocide against Yazidis, experienced the tremendous relief of the liberation of Mosul and the defeat of ISIS, and shared the story of Iraq’s popular “Tishreen” movement for reform. We have also been through the highs, from Iraq’s 2007 Asia Cup win to the 2018 awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize of Nadia Murad.
In coming weeks, I’ll delve more into EPIC’s origin story as we commemorate 25 years of service for peace and human rights.
But right now, let’s reflect on 2023 and look forward to our vision for 2024.
In 2023, we addressed Iraq’s water insecurity, advocated for “water diplomacy”, and supported Iraqi activists tackling critical issues, from life-threatening medical shortages at Sinjar’s Snuni General Hospital to the urgent need to enforce fire safety laws in Qaraqosh. We also just started work on “Generation: Next”, a project designed to empower youth and create more job opportunities by modernizing vocational education.
Looking ahead to 2024, we aim to:
- Strengthen ties with environmentalists, climate activists, and allies globally and find ways to more effectively support their efforts;
- Seek justice for Yazidis and other victims of ISIS, and advocate for local policy solutions to create better opportunities for young people;
- Launch our inaugural program to address water scarcity in Iraq.
The generosity of supporters like you holds the power to transform lives. Over the past 25 years, we have witnessed this transformative impact time and again. Whether your contribution is $35 or $500, it serves as a beacon for our friends in Iraq and the ongoing pursuit of peace with justice in the Middle East.
Thank you for being a part of our journey and for helping to make the world a better place.