tragic realities of life in crisis-affected country discussed live – fr

tragic realities of life in crisis-affected country discussed live – fr

Iraq has long been synonymous with war. But 18 years after the devastating conflict that toppled Saddam Hussein, Iraqis are grappling with a host of post-conflict crises.
Bel Trew, The independentThe Middle East correspondent traveled across the country to delve into the underreported issues currently shaping the country – a special series of reports funded by our support program.

The award-winning journalist has covered everything from the Covid crisis in Iraq and crippling pollution in the south to the battle for the northern border region after the collapse of the so-called Islamic State.

She spoke with our Middle East analyst Patrick Cockburn and answered questions from readers during a virtual public event on the realities of modern Iraq and its special reports on the country.

Recently returned from the troubled Sinjar region in the north, Trew said conflict between different factions was brewing and displaced families were being forced to return home, although they felt in danger.

Watch the event below

Behind the poisoned clouds of Iraq

“It has turned into an international battleground that we haven’t talked much about,” she said. “I was talking … to people whose relatives are still missing because of ISIS.”

“Security is still difficult, but I was able to go down to the south of the country where there is a major problem of pollution, also unemployment and with the Shiite militias, often called the Iranian proxies.

Cockburn told the audience: “I find it very tragic to read Bel’s articles because when I first went to Iraq in the 1970s the country had a lot to gain… important to know what’s going on there- low.

Asked what kind of impact the election of Joe Biden in the United States could have on Iraq, Cockburn said: [Biden administration] does not want to get involved in Iraq. I think Biden wants to avoid conflict in the Middle East.

“But remember this – Obama had the exact same idea… and yet they complained after spending 80% of their time talking about the Middle East. “

You can watch the virtual Iraq discussion above and read Bel Trew’s recent articles here.

Join The Independent’s health correspondent, Shaun Lintern, and science correspondent Samuel Lovett for our next free virtual event, What Lies Beyond the Covid Crisis, on May 26.


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