I am writing from Jordan (heading to Northern Iraq this week) with an urgent request for support. Below that request, you will find a more detailed update of our work over the past year.
Please feel free to forward to your friends.
Our medical contacts in Iraq have issued an urgent call for medication and supplies for hospital and clinics treating internally displaced Iraqis in Mosul, Duhok, and Erbil. Some of you have already given reparations for this effort. We still need roughly $4,000 to meet their emergency requests.
Click here to donate--- you can designate your reparations to "Medicine/Clothes for Internally Displaced Iraqis".
A friend and I will be traveling back to Northern Iraq next week to distribute supplies and medication personally. Click here for all the details.
If you want to learn more about how we will deliver medication to two hospitals in Mosul, please contact me directly. We cannot post this information publicly without adding risk to the hospital staff.
Update on our Work:
Many of you have supported the Fallujah Hospital project to treat children with severe birth defects in Anbar province. Your support for the hospital has been an important step in researching and treating the defect epidemic in Iraq. I am sad to report that the Fallujah hospital has seen repeated bombing, and that the US is responsible for supplying the Iraqi government with the training and military support to do so. Our reparations owed to Anbar province are deeper than ever. Dr. Samira, the pediatrician at Fallujah Hospital, has been displaced, and many Fallujah doctors are working on rotation to cover the needs of multiple hospitals at once. Nevertheless, they continue to treat patients and deliver new babies every day.
Click here to see a list of our other 2013-2014 reparations projects, including co-sponsorship of an upcoming speaking tour with Iraqi doctors on birth defects, support for a class action lawsuit against Iraq war planners, a short English teaching program in Amman, Jordan through the Collateral Repair Project center, and a new Veterans Reparations fund.
Your reparations, financial and non-financial, are powerful tools of reconciliation with the Iraqi people. If you want to be involved in non-financial ways, please do contact me. There is a lot of work to do!
Kali is a cofounder of ISLAH, along with Cam, Ross and Debra. She lives and works in California and the Middle East. She and her mom, Debra Ellis, first started paying reparations to Iraqi families in 2009.
She has spent time teaching, studying and living with displaced people in Syria, Jordan, Iraq, Palestine and Rwanda.
As a Phd candidate in Social Anthropology with a BA in International Relations, Kali’s academic studies have focused on these questions: Where is violence located? What are the ethical obligations of witnesses to violence? Why and how does war end? And how do people live beautiful, ethical lives under conditions of utter destruction and violence? Her dissertation focuses on the impact of occupation and counterinsurgency on rural communities in Iraq and Palestine. She also works for Friends of Sabeel, North America, is a board member of Rebuilding Alliance, and a nanny to small children.