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In January 2016 we traveled across the region of Sinjar/Shengal, in northern Iraq, only a few months after the region had been liberated from ISIS.

The region was still a war zone, marked by destroyed cities and towns, mass graves, and solo oil rigs and fires. There were very few civilians.

On Sinjar mountain we came across camps of Ezidi/Yezidi survivors of ISIS genocide who had returned from IDP camps in the Kurdistan Regional Government to the mountains to take up residence in their homeland once more. These two young women were selling delicious bread by the roadside.

In our podcast, we seek to bring the struggles and the efforts of people like these young Ezidi/Yezidi women to the international conversation. We will be building a community of voices through interviews with guests and the support of global youth episodes reflecting the organic concerns of threatened communities around the world.

Podcast Transcripts

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Episode 1: The Iraq Project and Pope Francis's Visit to Iraq
Elisa von Joeden-Forgey, Irene Victoria Massimino, Hoshman Ismail


Co-hosts Elisa von Joeden-Forgey, Irene Massimino, and Hoshman Ismail introduce the Anti-Genocide Coffee Break: A Multinational Podcast. They also discuss the Iraq Project for Genocide Prevention (IPG) and Pope Francis's recent visit to Iraq. Along the way, Elisa reads the Al Jazeera Op-Ed written by Cal State professor Ibrahim Al-Marashi entitled "Pope Francis’s Visit to Iraq: Beyond the Symbolism" in which he argues that "Interfaith dialogue is important, but the fate of Iraqi minorities is hinged on the success of state-building in Iraq." The team agrees, but also points out the political implications and ramifications of the Pope's message to Iraqis.