Check out SEED President Sherri Kraham Talabany describing SEED’s response in the Kurdistan Region to the influx of over 15,000 refugees from Rojava. She also touched on SEED's next campaign: Preventing Sexual Exploitation, Abuse, and Harassment. Our Senior Program Officer, Shano Ibrahim, also highlighted the launch of SEED's Winter Donation Drive. Interview: Audio only
Source: Al-Monitor/ Author: Amberin Zaman / Date: November 4, 2019 An oft-cited reason for why the Kurds do not have their own state is the unremitting disunity among themselves. But Turkey’s Oct. 9 assault against a US-backed Kurdish militia in northeastern Syria has prompted an unprecedented display of pan-Kurdish solidarity. The Iraqi Kurds are at the [...]
Source: Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) /Authors: Jamille Bigio and Rachel Vogelste/ Date: October 2019 / This report was written as part of the CFR's Women and Foreign Policy Program. Human trafficking is a gross violation of human rights that affects populations across regional, ethnic, and religious lines. It encompasses a range of illicit [...]
They Were Children When They Were Kidnapped By ISIS and Forced to Fight. What Happens Now That They’re Home?
Source: Time Magazine / Author: Kimberly Dozier / Date: May 23, 2019 This story was produced in partnership with the Pulitzer Center. Raised in northern Iraq’s small Yezidi religious minority, S. was 9 years old when the so-called Islamic State killed his father and brother, kidnapped him and turned him into a child soldier. He [...]
Watch an interview on SEED's new report Human Trafficking in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq with president, Sherri Kraham Talabany on Babylon FM's Breakfast Club.
Source: The Rolling Stone Magazine / Author: ANDREA MARKS / Date: April 11, 2019 Portland guitarist and Widespread Panic writer Jerry Joseph started Nomad Music Foundation, a nonprofit that brings guitars and music classes to kids in conflict zones Guitar lessons aren’t exactly a top priority in places like Northern Iraq, where thousands of Kurds and [...]
The Caliphate Is Crushed, But ISIS Infants—Innocent, Abandoned and Despised—Live On Source: Daily Beast / Author: KIMBERLY DOZIER DUHOK, Iraqi Kurdistan—In no-man’s land between the Iraqi and Syrian borders, there’s a meeting point for Iraqi families freed from the so-called Islamic State. Smugglers bring their human contraband to meet relieved family members who paid tens [...]
Psychological Wounds: Rehabilitating the Child Victims of ISIS Source: The Globe Post / Author: Bryan Bowman When Arya, a young Yazidi girl, returned home after being kidnapped by ISIS, she could no longer speak the language of her people. After spending years living in ISIS captivity, she was sold and resold as a domestic [...]
For these victims of ISIS, the conflict isn't over Source: CNN Opinion / Author: Gayle Tsemach Lemmon At the State Department's "ministerial to advance religious freedom" last week, Vice President Mike Pence noted the plight of the Yazidis, an Iraqi community ravaged by ISIS, whose fighters have slaughtered Yazidi men and captured, raped and enslaved [...]
Exclusive: State Department Takes Strongest Steps Yet to Combat Human Trafficking Abroad Source: Breitbart News / Author: Adelle Nazarian Human trafficking, a form of modern slavery, has existed for thousands of years and is still a serious problem in many countries throughout the world, particularly with the resurgence of extremist groups like the Islamic State [...]