AFSC has opposed every war since its inception in 1917, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are no exception. AFSC has been a steadfast voice for an end to the reliance on military solutions, withdrawal of US military forces and support for civilian-led reconciliation and reconstruction to resolve the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our advocacy and education work stretches across the country utilizing a network of staff and volunteers to bring the message of the human and economic costs of the war to the general public and to our elected officials.
Published by AFSC 2009 PowerPoint, 5 MB & PDF, 270 KB, 8.5 X 11, Color
Topics: A powerpoint presentation and facilitator’s guide to use for classes and meetings to learn about the Iraqi refugee crisis.
Introduction: There are currently over 4 million displaced Iraqis: about half are refugees in Syria and Jordan, as well as other neighboring countries, while the other half are internally displaced. Before we explore the refugee crisis in further detail, let’s look at what caused it.
Wars, sanctions and occupation in Iraq have created a humanitarian catastrophe for Iraqis; the lives and livelihoods lost are priceless and irretrievable. And the crisis is spreading; the chaos from the invasion and occupation is no longer contained by Iraq’s borders.
Iraqi families identified as most vulnerable by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are now arriving in the United States. These families, traumatized by physical and psychological violence and the loss of support from their extended family members, will need the help of communities as they rebuild their lives
AFSC created a Cost of War exhibit that includes 10 large (7'x3') color flags that dramatically illustrate the trade-offs we are making by spending $720 million per day on the war. This exhibit is very effective for public events. We have copies of this exhibit in 17 different states and hope to expand within the next couple of months. If you would be interested in having the exhibit visit your community, please email Mary Zerkel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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