You’ve heard the stories. Tens of thousands of Yazidis fleeing the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) stranded on Mt. Sinjar, facing dehydration and starvation. The governments of the U.S., Iraq, and the Kurdistan Region swiftly responding with air drops of aid. Then, the Pentagon declaring the siege over.

But that is only part of the story.

Just after midnight on 3 August 2014, what happened in Sinjar? Why were residents left unprotected without warning as ISIS militants advanced on their city? Is the crisis on the mountaintop over? What does the future hold for Iraq’s 600,000 Yazidi?

For the full story, tune in to a special all-new episode of IRAQ MATTERS featuring Iraq-based researchers Christine van den Toorn and Nawaf, a Yazidi college student whose family fled from Sinjar. Also included: an Iraq Update with Musings on Iraq blogger Joel Wing and an EPIC update on Iraq’s growing humanitarian crisis.

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Take a look at our Humanitarian Crisis Overview Series by EPIC Intern Mark Abman. The series will cover key elements of the Humanitarian crisis in Iraq including displacement, protection, health, and access to food and water supplies.

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The Power of a Photograph With the constant availability of camera-phones at our fingertips and the endless stream of casual snapshots that fill our social media timelines, we begin to take for granted the power that a single photograph can have….Read more on our blog to find out about one of EPIC’s latest fieldwork initiatives Photovoice Iraq!

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The Iraq crisis which began with insurgent violence in al-Anbar during January of this year, has escalated dramatically since the fall of Mosul two months ago. What is the changing landscape of life in northern Iraq? What has become of the Iraqi Security Forces? Will Kurdistan become Independent? And, what moves must Iraq take moving forward? Tune in to this episode of IRAQ MATTERS to have all these pressing questions answered by Christine van den Toorn, an American researcher based in Iraq who has witnessed the crisis develop from within the nation.

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Since the fall of Baghdad, the international community has invested millions in empowering an active civil society in Iraq. What is the state of that society today? How are community organizations and activists adapting to the fall of Mosul, the mobilization of militias, and other recent developments? Find out these the answers to these questions by listening to our interview with Sarhang Hamasaeed, Senior Program Officer for the Middle East and North Africa at the United States Institute of Peace. 

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For a one page compilation of important facts on Iraq including the subjects of health, population, humanitarian crises, electricity, and more. 

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