Panel On Growing Humanitarian Crisis with CODEPINK, Iraqi Community
& Amnesty International USA
Washington, D.C.- Friday, May 9 at 10am, CODEPINK Women for Peace, Amnesty International USA and members of DC's Iraqi peace
community will be addressing the disastrous
effects of the Iraqi Refugee Crisis, with a special emphasis on the toll this
is taking on Iraqi women and children. There will be a report back (with a
photo show) by Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK cofounder, who has just returned from a
trip to Syria and Jordan; as well as testimonies to life on the ground in Iraq by
the award-winning Iraqi journalist Ban Adil Sarhan and the Refugee Director of
Amnesty International USA.
WHEN: Friday May 9th, 10am
WHERE: Mott House, 122 Maryland Ave NE
This panel/presentation is timed to coincide with Mother's Day to highlight the
plight of Iraqi mothers who are suffering and trying to rebuild their lives in
Iraq and abroad- the testimonies and reports of this panel will reflect MANY of
their stories as well as what is being done to help them and what we can do as Americans to directly support these
families. Members of the community have been invited as audience; the panel will be taking questions from the press as well.
"The Administration spends more in one
day at war in Iraq than they have spent in 5 years on humanitarian aid to Iraqi
refugees. Intentionally or not, the U.S.
government has brought Iraq to its knees and we, as Americans cannot ignore it. An entire people are reduced to
begging, waiting in food donation lines or selling their bodies to feed their
children," says Medea Benjamin, CODEPINK cofounder who has just returned from
Syria and Jordan where she met with many Iraqi refugees and the organizations working with them.
Aseel Al Banna- Is a founder of the peace
organization Iraqi Voices for Peace with Andy Shallal (listed below) . In 2006 she
traveled with an Iraqi women's delegation throughout the United States to shed
light on the horrors of the war in Iraq and its impact on women and children.
Ban Adil Sarhan –An Iraqi
award-winning journalist who narrowly escaped from Baghdad and now lives in
Oklahoma with her son. She was honored this past year at the International Women's
Media Forum's Courage in Journalism Awards, emceed by IWMF board member
Sarnata Reynolds is the Refugee Program Director of Amnesty
International USA where she promotes the enforcement of international human
rights standards pertaining to refugees and asylum seekers.
Aseel Al Banna
Anas "Andy" Shallal is an Iraqi-American artist, activist and
restaurateur best known for owning and operating Busboys and Poets in
Medea Benjamin is a cofounder of both CODEPINK and the international
human rights organization Global Exchange. She has just returned from the Middle
East where she met with many refugees and the grassroots organizations working
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