The Education for Peace in Iraq Center (EPIC) is an independent, impartial 501(c)3 charitable organization founded in 1998 by U.S. veterans and humanitarian advocates to promote peace and development in Iraq. We work to advance that mission through lifesaving advocacy, youth-focused field work, and genuine partnerships with Iraqi civil society and the country’s youth. EPIC is funded by the contributions of private foundations and individuals who share our commitment to building a brighter future for all Iraqis.
In August 2014, two months after ISIS swept through Mosul and on the same night then-Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki stepped down from office, Ahmed had other thoughts on his mind. Wiping tears from his otherwise emotionless face with unsettling calm, he spoke almost in a whisper: “I have become very sad. I don’t care about anything anymore. I cannot sleep. I am never hungry.