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 […]