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Helping War-Affected Children in Iraq

Millions of children in Iraq have suffered incomprehensible loss and trauma in the decades of conflict. An alarming number of these children have lost parents and are living on the streets. According to a recent survey reported by the BBC: “between 800,000 to a million Iraqi children have lost one or both of their parents.” Iraq’s former Minister of Human Rights Wijdan Salem Mikhail explains, “The phenomenon of orphans “is one of the most passive things that grew immensely during the past few years due to destructive wars and unbridled violence in the country.” Despite the scale and urgency of the need, there are only a handful of organizations paying attention to the silent plight of Iraq’s war-traumatized children.… Read more