Iraq’s Children after ISIS
Rob Williams, Chief Executive, War Child
Bill Van Esveld, Senior Researcher, Middle East and North Africa Children's Rights Division, Human Rights Watch
Dr Nussaibah Younis, Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Dr Nicola Ansell, Professor in Human Geography, Brunel University London
The liberation of Mosul from ISIS control arguably marked a turning point for Iraq’s security forces and discussions now focus on the political, financial and practical challenges faced in rebuilding the country on a sustainable long term basis. At the peak of ISIS’ reach in Iraq, over 1 million children were living under their control and half a million were displaced, denying them access to basic education and healthcare. What can be done to rehabilitate and positively re-energize this future generation and what can be done to address the psychological impact of living through this conflict?
Drawing on findings from a recent report looking into Mosul’s children, this event will address the role of the government of Iraq, its allies and civil society in enabling children to recover and find their voice. Our panel will also assess the steps necessary to protect and reintegrate children accused of being associated with ISIS into mainstream society.