Iraq

Lunis: Refugees

Lunis: Refugees

I just spoke to refugees from Mosul in Irbil, Iraq. Rami and Sami are two brothers who have been living in a refugee camp in Irbil for three years. Their journey from Mosul took them first through Syria, then Turkey, and after a delay of five days at the Kurdish border, they were permitted to enter again into the area of Iraq now controlled by the Kurds. Irbil is in Kurdish territory. The delay at the border was because relations between the Arabs and the Kurds is not that good. 

LA Courthouse News: Art ‘Portal’ Connects LA With Iraqi Refugees – in Real Time

LA Courthouse News: Art ‘Portal’ Connects LA With Iraqi Refugees – in Real Time

LOS ANGELES (CN) – Inside the gleaming dark gold shipping container in LA’s Grand Park, the three art students giggled uneasily. They sat in a room carpeted from floor to ceiling in charcoal gray, facing a screen that showed two Iraqi men, Muhammad and Rami, sitting on lime-green plastic chairs in a similarly enclosed space.

Washington Post: An American in D.C. A refugee in Iraq. And a powerful exhibit that let them talk face-to-face.

Washington Post: An American in D.C. A refugee in Iraq. And a powerful exhibit that let them talk face-to-face.

On a blustery Friday morning, Carolyn Rapkievian wrapped herself in a coat and gauzy scarf and walked a mile from her office to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. She climbed to the second floor, stepped into a 16-foot-long, gold-painted shipping container, and settled onto a short wooden stool. It was the day after her 60th birthday.

On a balmy evening in Irbil, Iraq, a teenager named Sami left the cramped, one-room structure he shared with his family and made his way across the Harsham refugee camp to a small concrete building, where his brother and two friends sat in plastic chairs. Sami flopped down beside them and yawned; he had stayed up late the night before, playing cards with his friends. It was his 18th birthday.

Global Citizen: Displaced Iraqi Children Call on US Leadership for Help

Global Citizen: Displaced Iraqi Children Call on US Leadership for Help

Last week, members of the US House of Representatives met with displaced students from Erbil, Iraq, to highlight the magnitude of humanitarian crises in the world. The event was co-hosted by Global Citizen, Global Campaign for Education-US; Jesuit Refugee Service/USA; U.S. Fund for UNICEF; and A World at School. 

Jesuit Refugee Service: Iraqi Children Ask U.S. Lawmakers for Help

Jesuit Refugee Service: Iraqi Children Ask U.S. Lawmakers for Help

Omar, an articulate, polite and outwardly jovial 15-year-old from near Mosul, Iraq, is a typical teenager in many ways. He enjoys hanging out with friends, is close to his family and hopes one-day to become a journalist. But he is missing an essential part of growing up – attending school.