Article in the Huffington Post

July 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

The Huffington Post published an article here by Sami (my host) and me.

Embedded with Peacemakers

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Embedded with Peacemakers

June 30, 2011 § 2 Comments

By Sami Rasouli and Luke Wilcox

Six days in Iraq and not one Humvee, tank, fighter jet, military escort, or intelligence report. Not one minute inside the Green Zone or between the miles-long walls of American military bases. Hosted by my friend and colleague, Sami Rasouli, I live in Najaf, a city two hours south of Baghdad. At the invitation of Sami, I came here to live and work with the Muslim Peacemaker Teams (MPT), a group of Iraqi peacemakers.

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Welcome to Iraq

June 23, 2011 § 5 Comments

My first day in Iraq was marked by warm welcome after warm welcome. (And not because the temperature was 110 degrees.)

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Amman: Iraqi refugees and hangin’ with Fulbrighters

June 21, 2011 § 3 Comments

Before coming to Najaf, I had 3 brief days in Amman, Jordan. I spent the days with 1) the Fulbright scholars and American school teachers I stayed with, and 2) Iraqi refugees and aid workers.

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Preparing to Leave

June 14, 2011 § 1 Comment

I leave today from Minneapolis for Najaf, Iraq, where I will live for a month. After a few days in Amman, Jordan, I’ll stay in Najaf until July 20 to work with the Muslim Peacemaker Teams (MPT) and its director, Sami Rasouli. MPT is a non-profit organization supporting human rights and nonviolence in Iraq.

I’ll be in Najaf as part of the Iraqi and American Reconciliation Project (IARP), where I have worked for the last three years. IARP uses art, education, health, and cultural exchange programs to support reconciliation between Iraqis and Americans. It’s an organization that works to rebuild relationships broken by war.

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