It is with mixed emotions that I write to inform our friends that EPIC’s Program Manager, Taif Jany, will be leaving us at the end of this month to join a progressive advocacy group here in Washington, DC. Taif came to us as an intern in 2013, and it was immediately clear that his talents … Continue reading New Opportunities
My friends and colleagues have asked me over the years: Why do I care so much about Iraq? Twenty-five years ago, I toured newly liberated Kuwait and witnessed first hand the environmental devastation and human costs of modern warfare. That experience kindled a life-long passion for preventing and mitigating armed conflict, and more importantly, working to … Continue reading Why do I care so much about Iraq?
Today, Iraqis are celebrating the liberation of Ramadi from ISIS. While the long ordeal of those we serve is long from over, there is reason to have new hope in the new year. As 2015 comes to a close and we look ahead, we want to take a moment to acknowledge all of the … Continue reading New hope in the new year
On December 1, Mark Seaman began as EPIC’s first Director of Development and Communications. In his role, Mark will be responsible for growing our relationships with foundations and corporate donors, planning events for those in our network, working with the media to spotlight our work, and bringing to everyone’s attention the needs of millions of … Continue reading Meet EPIC’s Newest Team Member
In 2007, Iraq won the Asia Cup sending waves of euphoria across Iraq as millions of people took to the streets to celebrate, bringing a brief respite to the violence. That unifying moment for the people of Iraq has never been forgotten, inspiring the launch of Soccer Salam — a youth-empowering project delivering lifesaving essentials … Continue reading When soccer brings peace
Since 1998, EPIC has remained focused on one goal: peace in Iraq. One way we’re aspiring to realize that goal is through Soccer Salam, our project with U.S. veteran-led charities to assist and empower vulnerable children and families who have been displaced by the conflict in Iraq. Today we’re launching a Crowdrise fundraiser. We’re asking … Continue reading One Team, One Dream
We have some great news to kick-off your weekend! Over the past month of Ramadan, the Soccer Salam team successfully reached 490 displaced Iraqi families in need. Our distributions included food baskets, water containers, first aid and hygiene kits, a change of clothes, and urgently needed medicine. Of course, it would not be Soccer Salam … Continue reading A Smile for Your Weekend
I’ve written to you so much over the past year about the crisis in Iraq — and about the children and families most affected. Every day, the conflict is creating new challenges. But on each of those days, supporters like you have reached out to help. Today, I want to share the difference you’ve made … Continue reading You made it possible
By now you have seen the news. Iraq is in crisis. The advance of the self-proclaimed Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) across western and northern Iraq has forced over 1.4 million people to flee their homes this year. Families fleeing or trapped by ISIS are facing extreme hardships and dangers, and in … Continue reading Doing the Right Thing
The advance of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Iraq and corresponding events, along with ISIS’s effective use of social media, have given rise to narratives across the world of media. Some of those narratives are thoughtless overreactions to the sudden appearance of ISIS on the world stage, a story that has … Continue reading Top 10 Misconceptions on the Iraq Crisis
The Education for Peace in Iraq Center is ramping up our response to help Syrian refugees in Iraq, alongside our continuing commitment to invest in young Iraqis. Last night, I returned from two weeks of Picturing Change with some really impressive students at American University in Iraq – Sulaimani (AUIS). EPIC’s work with AUIS students … Continue reading TentEd: an EPIC Initiative to Help Syrian Refugee Children
With only two months passing into the new year, there have been many remarkable developments at EPIC. For all of us on EPIC’s team, it has been a very exciting time and we would like to share a few of these developments with you. First, we are pleased to welcome EPIC’s new Program Associate, Taif … Continue reading EPIC’s Latest 2014 Updates
As the founder and director of the Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC), I am writing to ask you for your continued support. Please consider making an investment in EPIC this holiday season with a year-end tax-deductible contribution toward our work to empower young people for peace in Iraq. Right now, the situation in … Continue reading Support Peace in the New Year
This holiday season, consider making an investment in the power of youth to bring peace to the world. Please support the Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC) with a year-end tax-deductible contribution toward our work to promote peace and empower young people. Young people like Hawre, one of the participants of our photovoice project … Continue reading Giving the Gift of Peace
NOTE: The full commentary offered below appears in our most recent IRAQ MATTERS podcast available here. The commentary begins at 2:36. Shortly after the departure of the last U.S. troops from Iraq nearly two years ago, President Obama and Iraq’s Prime Minister — Nouri al-Maliki — held a joint press conference. At that event, Mr. … Continue reading IRAQ MATTERS COMMENTARY: Sounding the Alarm
Greetings dear friends, I am writing to you from Arbat refugee camp outside Sulaimani in Iraq’s Kurdistan Region, and I have some very important news to share with you. President Barack Obama has just announced that he will meet with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki at the White House on November 1, marking the first such … Continue reading An EPIC Update on the Obama administration & PHOTOVOICE
Today is World Refugee Day, a day when the world takes time to honor the resilience of forcibly displaced people throughout the world. Last year alone 7.6 million people around the world were forced to flee conflict or persecution, adding to an estimated total of 45.2 million displaced people worldwide. In the Middle East, the … Continue reading Remembering Displaced Iraqis on World Refugee Day
As reported by Kelly McEvers (@KellyMcEvers) this morning on NPR, Iraqis are facing the worst violence since the country’s sectarian war of 2006 and 2007. Since April, waves of car bombs and other sectarian attacks targeting civilians have killed thousands. The Syrian civil war and the Iraqi government’s deadly crackdown on Sunni protests are major drivers … Continue reading Urge President Obama to do more to end the violence
This week Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is on Capitol Hill to deliver testimony on the international development priorities of President Barack Obama’s proposed FY2014 budget. The total amount that his agency, USAID, and the US State Department and Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) combined spend annually on foreign … Continue reading For USAID chief, the FY2014 budget is a matter of life and death
Many of you remember the moment like it was yesterday. For me, I was in the DC studios of FoxNews preparing to face off with one of the war’s cheerleaders. On screen was live footage from Baghdad’s Firdos Square. Beginning with Kadhem Sharif and other Iraqis wielding sledgehammers, an effort was underway to pull down … Continue reading Remembering the Fall of Baghdad
Thanks to the support of 191 contributors like you, we successfully reached our crowd funding goal on Indiegogo. The EPIC team (from left to right): Executive Director Erik Gustafson, Board Member Andrew Morton, Board President Nathaniel Hurd, Fall interns Daniel Young and Joanna Fisher (and her flying scarf), and our chief project advisor Kristien Zenkov. … Continue reading We did it!
August 13th is International Youth Day, a day to celebrate young people and their contributions to making the world a better place. It is also a day to remember the importance of investing in the next generation. This Youth Day, consider a charitable contribution to our new project on Indiegogo!