The past year was marked by considerable political turmoil and unrest in Iraq, underscoring the many challenges that the country faces beyond the battlefield.
In 2018, we saw a further erosion of public confidence in Iraqi leaders over corruption, insufficient basic services, and unemployment; a parliamentary election marred by poor… Read more
In places like Mosul and Sinjar, communities have embarked on the long road to recovery. Young people are using their bare hands to clear debris. Health clinics and shops have reopened and schools are preparing for the next school year.
While such physical signs of rebuilding can be seen… Read more
We have seen it firsthand in Mosul and among displaced families who have fled to safer areas. The human costs of ISIS’s atrocities and the war have been devastating for families and their children.
EPIC’s Board of Directors and I invite you to join us on CrowdRise today as… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more
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… Read more