ISIS at one hand and Maliki’s militias at the other (Yes, once-friend Maliki has been named head of the government sanctioned Shi’a militias), and don't forget the collateral damage from citizen’s defense groups. The life of Iraqis in many areas of the country is one of constant trauma.
The resilience of the ICSSI, the civil society movement, continues to march on with a broad set of active programs that are changing, albeit slowly, the tenor of life in the besieged nation. Dedicated and brave, with support of international organizations, the ICSSI maintains a strict policy of non-violence in its efforts to build another Iraq, with peace and Human Rights for all.
Their major initiatives: Active Nonviolence and Protests in Iraq, The Baghdad Marathon, Children’s Health, Freedom of Expression and Press, Human Right Defenders, Iraqi Voices, Minorities Rights and Relations, Save the Tigris and Marshes, Stop private military companies, and worker rights and Freedom of Association.
And the people. Let’s not forget that combatants are a small percentage of Iraqi citizens. The vast majority are peace loving civilians seeking, like us, an existence of non-violence, security, and a vision of a better future. Their resilience is marked by the young who still struggle, amidst the horrors, to get educated and live a forward looking life. They are the bright manifestations of the human spirit.
February 1, 2015 by Bruce Wallace, 121Contact