Following a recent day trip to eastern Mosul to visit the clinics receiving support from Soccer Salam, EPIC's Matthew Schweitzer describes the sheer destruction facing the lifelong residents struggling to repair their war-torn city. Just across the Tigris, ISIS violence continues unabated.
The dissolution of Iraq’s once-prestigious healthcare system represents the tragic culmination to a longer trajectory of decline marked by war, sanctions, funding shortfalls, and neglect over three decades.
Iraq has been subject to intense upheaval, social change, and cyclical violence -- a reality that is challenging for any reporter to capture and share with an international readership.
Iraq's government can implement civilian protection policies to promote national reconciliation and reduce tensions between the country's ethnic, religious, and sectarian communities.
More than a decade of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan taught US commanders the strategic importance of protecting civilians during wartime. This principle should guide future American policy.