In 2014, fighting across western and northern Iraq forced more than 2 million Iraqis to flee their homes. With widespread sectarian violence and gross human rights abuses being committed by ISIS, many fled out of fear of persecution.
UN agencies have also reported human rights violations and serious violations of international humanitarian law allegedly committed by the Iraqi Security Forces and affiliated groups.
Adding to the humanitarian challenge, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI) is hosting roughly 250,000 Syrian refugees. Despite the U.S. and international response to date, Iraq and Iraqi Kurdistan remain overwhelmed by the crisis. As temperatures drop below zero, families without adequate shelter are at serious risk.
Join us as we discuss the nature, scale, and urgency of the crisis today. What are the dynamics of the conflict and the consequences for vulnerable populations? How does the humanitarian and human rights environment vary in different areas of Iraq? What needs are being met and what gaps remain? How can the U.S. and international community better respond? And what can ordinary folks do to help?
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