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Prevent Conflicts

panel discussion in Washington, D.C.

Sheik Al-Ulayyan during a panel discussion in Washington, D.C.

Iraqi refugee crisis

Published by AFSC 2009
PowerPoint, 5 MB & PDF, 270 KB, 8.5 X 11, Color

Topics: A powerpoint presentation and facilitator’s guide to use for classes and meetings to learn about the Iraqi refugee crisis.

Introduction: There are currently over 4 million displaced Iraqis: about half are refugees in Syria and Jordan, as well as other neighboring countries, while the other half are internally displaced.  Before we explore the refugee crisis in further detail, let’s look at what caused it.

Healing the Wounds of War

Wars, sanctions and occupation in Iraq have created a humanitarian catastrophe for Iraqis; the lives and livelihoods lost are priceless and irretrievable. And the crisis is spreading; the chaos from the invasion and occupation is no longer contained by Iraq’s borders.

Iraqi Refugee Resettlement

Published by AFSC, Spring/Summer 2008

Iraqi families identified as most vulnerable by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are now arriving in the United States. These families, traumatized by physical and psychological violence and the loss of support from their extended family members, will need the help of communities as they rebuild their lives

Iraq Refugee Guide for Young Adults

Iraq_Refugee Guide for Young Adults

Published by AFSC 2009
PowerPoint,3.4 MB & PDF, 270 KB, 8.5 X 11, Color

Topics: A powerpoint presentation and facilitator’s guide to use for young adults to learn about the Iraqi refugee crisis.

How to Talk About War A Path Forward in Iraq

  1. Iraq is a humanitarian catastrophe, with elements far beyond a war and occupation. The country is crippled by sectarian violence, death squads, kidnappings and criminal gangs. Deteriorating basic services, including a collapse of the health care system, lack of electricity and potable water, and personal and economic insecurity, makes orderly daily life for Iraqis nearly impossible. Military blockades and raids, sieges, secret detention centers, and imprisonment without charge or trial have caused many to leave Iraq.

Statement on the president's plan to end the Iraq Occupation

American Friends Service Committee Welcomes President's Plan to End the Iraq Occupation

The American Friends Service Committee welcomes President's Obama's new direction in Iraq policy. Last week, President Obama stated for the first time his intention to withdraw all U.S. forces from Iraq. The President pledged not only to withdraw combat troops by the summer of 2010, but also to bring the rest of our troops home by the end of 2011.

Eyes Wide Open Background

Eyes — and Hearts — Wide Open

When nine Friends in Norman, Oklahoma, took on the challenge of sponsoring an Eyes Wide Open exhibit at Oklahoma University, it opened their eyes – to the possibility of turning their worship group into a full-fledged meeting.

“The display did not bond us,” says Jim Warram, one of the Friends.  “It revealed that we were already bonded.”

John and Gail Fletcher, members of the group, had seen the exhibit several years earlier at the Gathering in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Wage Peace

Wage Peace is AFSC’s initiative to promote peace over war around the world, waging peace with the same determination and energy that nations wage war. We seek to eliminate U.S. militarism by cutting military spending, acknowledging the impact of war, and promoting conflict prevention as an alternative. 

Advocacy and education 

On a national level, Wage Peace works to change federal budget priorities, advocating for cuts to the military budget in order to meet human needs both here and abroad. Tools and resources include:

Who we are

AFSC is a Quaker organization devoted to service, development, and peace programs throughout the world. Our work is based on the belief in the worth of every person, and faith in the power of love to overcome violence and injustice. Learn more

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