EU aid not reaching Yazidi in northern Iraq, says NGO

The EU has provided some €350m in humanitarian funding aid for Iraq between 2015 and 2017. But Nadia’s Initiative, an NGO named after an enslaved Yezhidi girl who managed to escape the Islamic State, says little if anything ends up helping the discriminated community in Sinjar, an ancient city in northern Iraq. Elizabeth Schaeffer Brown, […]

Hundreds of civilians flee Afrin

“Yezidi genocide survivor and UN Goodwill Ambassador Nadia Murad issued a warning on Monday about the safety of the Yezidi minority and the whole civilian population in Afrin. “There is only one road through which people can leave the city” that is “under siege from all sides,” she stated. Warning of war crimes, including civilian […]

The Lethal Legacy of Landmines in Iraq

According to the United Nations, Iraq is the fifth most mined country in the world, with 59 landmines per square mile. One organisation, Nadia’s Initiative, is pushing for the removal of the explosives and booby traps in Sinjar province, a region located on the Turkish-Iraqi border. We speak to the foundation’s co-executive director, Elizabeth Schaeffer-Brown, […]

Afrin inhabited by Kurds, Yazidis and Christians is under siege from all sides.

Today, I received information that the area of Afrin inhabited by Kurds, Yazidis and Christians is under siege from all sides. There is only one road through which people can leave the city. 200 civilians have been killed, including 3 Yazidi children. Shrines and religious sites have been destroyed or forcibly converted into mosques. Peoples […]

The Daring Plan to Save a Religious Minority from ISIS

“Growing up in northwestern Iraq, Hadi Pir often went to Mt. Sinjar for solace. As a Yazidi, a member of an ancient religious minority, he believed that the narrow mountain was sacred, central to the Yazidi creation myth. Aside from the mountain, the region where the country’s six hundred thousand Yazidis live, also called Sinjar, […]

“ How to approach a memoir of a war still being waged.”

Despite recent gains against ISIS in Iraq, many Yazidis still remain in captivity. As a story that hasn’t yet ended, “The Last Girl” is difficult to process. It is a call to action, but as it places Murad’s tragedy in the larger narrative of Iraqi history and American intervention, it leaves the reader with urgent, […]

The State of Baden-Württemberg Germany

Dank der schnellen und entschlossenen Hilfe des Landes Baden-Württemberg konnten 1100 Frauen und Kinder aus dem Nordirak nach Deutschland kommen, um dringend nötige medizinische und psychologische Hilfe zu erhalten. Ich war eine von Ihnen. Daher war es mir eine besondere Ehre, am Montag Herrn Ministerpräsident Winfried Kretschmann und Herrn Staatsminister Klaus-Peter Murawski mein Buch zu […]